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Beiruting Interviews Artist Mazen Khaddaj
(What's up ?) 6 years ago
1. Do you have special techniques/concepts that you follow for your paintings?

I usually favor conveying an idea through simplicity but with an eccentric touch that accentuates the emotions of my characters. I am especially passionate about ensuring that there is always depth behind the figures I paint. 

2. What inspires you the most?

I draw my inspiration from those around me, and my life experiences. I also take great pleasure in telling stories through my work that resonate with people and resemble stages of our lives. My figures while often distorted are meant to symbolize the peak of emotional expressions.

3. Who is your biggest inspiration? To which artist do you resemble yourself?

Close friends and family are a big inspiration and support for me. If my art was not appreciated and loved, I would not have kept painting. One of the Lebanese artists that inspired me was my neighbor Arif Al Rayes. I used to visit him weekly to show him my work and see his. His wisdom provided me with a tremendous push and a fresh perspective in every aspect. 
I find that my work resembles that of Picasso most. When I first saw his creations I fell in love with everything he presented throughout his career, and many of my paintings bear a strong resemblance to his last flat work "quibisim".

4. In Lebanon, art is appreciated but not as much as in other countries. First, do you agree? Second, what advice would you give to young talented people who are willing to study and become artists?

The start should always be here, the roots. Lebanon has always been known for its artists who regardless of the country's situation continue to flourish and present work that is appreciated worldwide. The Lebanese people love and appreciate art even during challenging times when the economy is suffering. Instead, they look to art as an escape, a way of connecting with something that is close to their hearts. Art collectors and lovers are evolving and growing in Lebanon and people are now more perceptive than ever about art's value. What I have to say for young artists is that they should follow their dreams and instincts. Art will always have a voice and there will always be people willing to listen. 

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