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Masri Hayssam

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Tripoli, Lebanon

Lives in
Florence, Italy

Works in
Florence, Italy


Florence Art institute, 1993

Representing galleries
American Art Galleries

photo, graffiti, exhibition/performance, digital, photography, traditional, modern, surrealism, landscape, performance, mixed-media, sculpture, figurative, abstract, portrait, figure, self portrait, expressionism, paintings, masri art, florence art


Artist Story and Biography :

Italian Lebanese Artist. The artist was born 29 December in Tripoli-Lebanon. He moved to Italy in 1990. Most of his childhood and young age he experienced during a bloody civil war for fifteen years. His works can be divided into different periods and different series of works. .."I am always on the move discovering something artistically new and impressive; something significant with an eye-opening impact on the human psyche; something that does not let monotony and rote repetition take hold of my soul and the flow of my thoughts. This insatiable and agonizing feeling of unexpressed great potential inside of me is not fulfilled by the versatility in my work.

It is easy for one to be haughty, vainglorious and pretentious, but to be humble needs deep understanding to the universal truth in the conscience of the universe.

My fascination in drawing, painting, and colours is indescribable: I was seven years old. I used to save every single penny of my allowance from my father and my mother, and all what I used to get of money on different occasions from the rest of the family to buy tubes of oil paints of different colours till I complete the set of colours I like. I used to keep the tubes of oil paint in a small and portable wooden box fitted with a padlock which was given to me by my aunt , and most of the time, before I went to sleep, I used to check the treasure of colours I had counting the tubes and planning to buy what I needed next time I had the chance to save money...

“I spent all of these years doing what I know best, and I did not do anything else. “

To paint is a big challenge for me.

Its my real language.

Its my way to be and to believe in what I love.

I live four seasons every day. It’s a humongous world of perception, conceptions and achievements.

A world of renewable psychological input and output fraught with flowing emotion, endurance and pain. Its maybe the only thing it is possible to do more than any other.

I do not embrace the technicalities of one single school neither in drawing, nor in painting, and nor in mixing colours.

I am always on the move discovering something artistically new and impressive; something significant with an eye-opening impact on the human psyche; something that does not let monotony and rote repetition take hold of my soul and the flow of my thoughts.

My works can be divided up in periods and different series of works.

(…if you want to understand my art and my life, look at my self portraits and if you focus at any of my paintings, you’ll see your self in my self in different forms and different expression ).



B. 1965 Tripoli-Lebanon, lives in Florence – Italy since 1990



1986: Architectural  design -   Lebanon

           Calligraphy.  Private study - Lebanon

1993 :Professional Art, advertising and Photography- The Art Institute of Florence

            Drawing, Incision and History of art- The Academy Art Florence

Member of-

Lebanese Artist Association


Portrait society of America

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2013: Beirut Arab University- Beirut-Lebanon

2010: Galleria Espace D’arte-Tripoli-Lebanon

2009: Nes Kulturhus Norway-(Anatomy of Nature Series)

2005: American Art –Carmel, California

2004: American Art –Carmel, California

2003: La chimera ( Metropolitan International Art)- Lecce, Italy

2002: Galleria Modigliani , Milan – Italy

1999: Teatro  Guglielmi, Massa Carrara – Italy

1998: Stamperia della Bezuga,Florence – Italy

1997: Gegenuber Badischer Bahnhof, Basel, Switzerland

1994: Centro Internazionale “Giorgio la pira”, Florence- Italy

Selected Group Exhibitions

2012: Visual Art Forum III-LAAPS- Lebanese Artist Ass. Unesco-Beirut.

2012: Royal Society of Portrait-Annual Exhibition- Mall Galleries,London

2012: Unicef project “Ricostruire l’infanzia” for Gaza

2012: I colori dal mondo a Roccella Jonica-Italy

2011: Unicef project for - Darfur una strange deminticata

2011: Cosmografie- Domus talenti  Roma

2011: Microcosmi – Galleria Metamorfosi Arte Gallery – Reggio emilia-Italy

2011: Nittedals Utstillingen, Nittedal – Norway

2011: Soqquadro –Palazzo Orsini a Bomarzo (ogni pensiero vola) Roma

2010: Museum Soursok Beirut

2010: Galleria Ariele –Torino (percezione e lettura visive):

2009: American Art –Carmel, California

2007: American Art –Carmel, California

2005: American Art –Carmel, California

2004: American Art –Carmel, California

2003: Present: ( 30 x 30 ), Modena - Japan and New York

2002: Immagina, Mostra Mercato di Arte Contemporanea,  Reggio Emilia

2001: Romeriks Utstillingen, Lorenskog and Jessheim, Norway

2001: Nittedals Utstillingen, Nittedal – Norway

2000: Art Point- Black, Florence – Italy

1989: Gallery Spazio Quartiere Uno, Florence- Italy

Prizes & Awards and Nominations

2012: First Merit Portrait society of America – self Portrait member-

2012: Finalist for his self portrait at Royal Society of Portrait- Mall Gallery-London

2012: Art Contest International Award and Honorable Mention for his painting “Clouds Falling”

2010:  Selected in Art Kudos international Art competition

2010:  NDU Lebanese Diaspora International competition Notre Dame University-Beirut

2009:  Selected in Art Kudos International Art competitions from series ( Anatomy of Nature)

2008:  Selected in Art Kudos International Art competitions from series ( Anatomy of Nature)

2007:  2°Premio International  Arte Laguna Museo Santa Caterina) Treviso Italy   

2003:  1° Premio international (Art e Società) Caltaniseta Sicilia

2003:  Premio Italia 2003- Florence-Certosa

Selected Interviews  & Publications  

2013: LBC  TV-Beirut ,Lebanon

2013: Future TV –Beirut, Lebanon

2011: Ogni Pesiere Vola- By Colori Arte Contemporanea, Soggvadro-Agenzia Vista

2010: TV Leban: Good Morning Beirut

2010: Tripoli Post(Lebanon)

2009: Akershus arbeiderblad (Norway)

2009: Raumnes (Norway)

2005: ARTWORKS- California (USA)

2005: Virgilio Art Guide Book (Italy)

2004: CHOC Magazine (Lebanon)

2004: ART news (USA)

2004: Euro ARTE (Italy)

2004: Cedar Wings(Lebanon)                                                     

2003: ARTE Mondadori (Italy)

Selected commissions work and clients 

2009: Calligraphic text in the biography of Franco Battiato - Gilgamesh story

Prime Minister of Lebanon Mr. Najib Mikati holds series of work

2005: Nobel Peace price winner Mr. Nelson Mandela

2003: Nobel Peace price winner and Oscar winner Mr. Al Gore


2010 :Future TV Beirut


2012 :UNICEF-Il sorriso di roberta

2011:UNICEF- """"""""""""""""""""""








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