Annie Kurdijan

Annie Kurdijan was born in Beirut in 1972 and lives and works there, or “the orgy of Beirut”, as she prefers to call it. Her work is profoundly informed by the Lebanese Civil War and what she calls “the theatrical stage of conflict and war.” She recalls her childhood as “blackness punctuated with memories of running for underground shelters in the dead of night and permanent shortages of electricity and water.” Despite her traumatic childhood, Annie’s paintings demonstrate a generosity of expression exercised with careful restraint.

She studied psychology and was deeply fascinated by the drawings of schizophrenic patients whose work conveyed the utmost sincerity. Recurrent themes in Annie’s work include self­devouring and the gravity of mutilations, but also include a surprising degree of humor. Her motivation is sincerity and art is her means of communicating it. Her work is predominantly directed at those who suffer and thus reveals a great deal of compassion. Her paintings can be found in the permanent collections of the Muséé de Tessé, France and Balamand University, Lebanon.