Joseph Matar

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Born August 3rd, 1935, in Ghadir, Lebanon.
Nationality: French and Lebanese.
Schooled at the Marist Brethren, Jounieh.

Art Scholarships from governments:

Madrid , 1961-1963.
Paris , 1963.
Rome , 1973.
Paris , 1985.

Practice in studios of acknowledged masters:

Omar Onsi's, 1951-1961.
George Corm's, 1958-1961.
Rachid Wehbe's, 1955-1957.
Italian Cultural Centre, Beirut, 1955-1957.
Ecole Supérieure des lettres, Beirut, 1955-1957.
Beirut Faculty of medicine (Anatomy), 1958-1959.


Diplomas of Higher Studies, Madrid University and San Fernando School of Fine Arts, 1961-1963.
Doctorate 3rd cycle, University of Paris. " Plastic arts, pictorial technology and expression."
Doctorat d' Etat 1999, Lebanese University.


Lebanese State instructor since 1954.
In charge of refresher courses for Lebanese art instructors in Beirut, Tripoli and Byblos state high schools, since 1965.
Instructor of Fine Arts at Holy Spirit University, Kaslik, since 1963.
Titular professor of the Lebanese University.
Chairman of the Drawing and Painting Department at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Lebanese University, 1980-1985 and 1994-1996; member of the Faculty Council.


More than sixty personal exhibitions in Lebanon and around the world.
Works in private collections, public, religious and private corporations around the world :
France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Germany, Vatican, United States, Canada, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Brazil, Mexico, Uruguay, Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina, Abu Dabi, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Emirates, Kuwait, Cyprus and Egypt.


Courses of artistic formation on Lebanese Television, for all students at universities and teachers' training colleges.
Radio - BBC, Voice of America, Montecarlo, France and Kuwait Radio, Radio Liban.
TV - Kuwaiti and Lebanese.

Publications by the artist concerning his work:

Several articles in the local and International press.
Several talks given in educational institutions in Lebanon and abroad.
Polycopied courses for secondary (senior high) school classes and the teachers' training college.
Teachers' book in Arabic for the Center for pedagogic research and development.
A book about the artist's work: Peintures du Liban –Joseph Matar - Tanit Edition -1996.
Mentioned in the book "Pioneers from Lebanon" Ed. 2000.
His poetry has been mentioned in "The Silence Within" Library of Congress ISBN-0-7951-5062-8
Studios of Joseph Matar

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