Paintings greatly resemble the musical scale

About the Artist

Amin al-Basha was born in Beirut. Since his early age he started practicing drawing and was the student of a Bulgarian painter Stevan Locus. After graduating from the Lebanese academy of arts, he received a scholarship from the higher national school of fine arts in Paris. Then, he settled in Paris for a long time where he forged his artistic technique and his intellectual vision which was reflected in tens of paintings. Amin al-Basha participated in several joint and individual exhibitions in many European and Arab capitals. He represented Lebanon in the first Paris Biennial in 1958 and in the Alexandria Biennial in 1962 in addition to his participation in numerous artistic salons in Paris and Madrid. He was granted many awards for his distinguished artwork.

Al-Basha has two art studios; one is in Beirut, the source of inspiration and food for soul, and the other in Paris. One foot is set at home and the other abroad. A few brush strokes are made in Beirut and a few in Paris.

Amin al-Basha: Once my assignment is over at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts in al-Burj area, I make my way to al-Qzaz Café. I have spent my halcyon days in Paris.

The ingredients of al-Basha’s paintings greatly resemble the musical scale where a mantra is repeated vigorously with clarity.

Hailing from al-Basha family which left an indelible mark on Lebanese music, he is known for the mysterious harmony of his paintings.

Amin al-Basha: When he was bed-ridden and was in the throes of death, he talked at length about music.

In the early 1950s, he joined the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris which was then the major art capital in the world.

Amin al-Basha: I married a Spanish girl in Paris.

Art is a long journey fraught with myriad challenges. Al-Basha’s endeavor did not take him far in the bourgeoisie class, but merely ensured his daily bread and butter.

Amin al-Basha: I wish my paintings are easy to understand to the viewers.