Untitled, Acrylic on Canvas, 152 x 244cm, 1987

Nabil Nahas


Born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1949, Nahas earned his M.F.A. at Yale University in 1973, and divides his time between New York and Beirut. Although thoroughly schooled in Western abstract painting, Nahas takes his inspiration from a diverse range of influences, most significantly nature, and occasionally Islamic art. His style is very particular in its abstract, geometric and chromatic qualities.


Nahas represented Lebanon in the 25th Bienal de São Paulo in Brazil (2002), and his work was included in “Glasstress 2011,” a Collateral Event of the 54th Venice Biennial, and in “Glasstress: New York” at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York (2012). Nahas’s work is in museum collections, including that of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar; Flint Institute of Arts, Flint; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; and the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Nahas had his first solo show at Sperone Westwater in 1997 and subsequent exhibitions in 1999, 2005, and 2013.

Artist News
Bomb Magazine interviews Nabil Nahas
4 April 2013

Nabil Nahas on painting with starfish, the reception of his work in the Middle East, and the symbolism of cedar trees.