Influenced by abstractionism from childhood

About the Artist

Manuella Guiragossian is a Lebanese artist who was born in Beirut in 1972. She is the fourth child of the late celebrated artist and painter Paul Guiragossian. Manuella spent her childhood and adolescence in her father’s studio, where she was tutored by the latter who was a fine art’s professor at the Alba university in Beirut. In 1993, Manuella moved to the United States and enrolled at the California Institute of the Arts, a school founded by Walt Disney and specialized in animation. Manuella organized her first exhibition in 1989. After graduating in 2002, she organized her first solo exhibition entitled “Myths & Legends” which included 74 paintings, then another exhibition in 2003 in Dubai in which all her work was sold.

It is absurd to talk about Manuella without making it evident that she is the daughter of the reputed Lebanese artist Paul Guiragossian, who left an indelible mark on her career and on the history of art in the Arab world alike.

Manuella Guiragossian: When I was collating my father’s archive, I found the cupboard wherein he kept my drawings. I found out that I was influenced by abstractionism from my childhood. I was moved by my early artistic work which took me back to those halcyon days.

Manuella used acrylic and pastel colors when she painted cities which manifested as architectural abstractionism on canvas. Her artistic talent endeared greatly to her fans.

Manuella Guiragossian: It took me a long time to chart my path and methodology. I am very pleased with my achievements. However, people are always expecting something new in my paintings.

She set off for the United States in 1993 soon after the death of her father to join the Walt Disney School to do a major in animation. Earlier, she had undertaken a diploma in painting from Lebanon. She also received a degree in theater, music and animation studies from California. All this phenomenal accumulation of knowledge mirrored well in her paintings.

Manuella Guiragossian: I have a character which appears like a mantra in my paintings. People are inquisitive and ask whether I am drawing myself unwittingly. I believe this character develops and interacts with my soul as I grow more mature.