Gaby Maamary’s long path in art and teaching

Born in 1962 in Lebanon, Gaby Maamary’s immense academic and professional experience of over 30 years crafted his status as an art historian, art critic, visual artist, conservator of cultural heritage and an expert in the technology of art and pigment extraction.

His academic studies began in 1983 as he started attending classes at the USEK university. In 1988 he obtained a Master degree in Interior Architecture from the Faculty of Fine Arts and in 1999 a Post-graduate vocational qualification in Sacred Arts from the faculty of theology. Attracted by the conservation of cultural heritage, he attained, in 2001, a certificate in the Restoration of Artworks from La Maison d’Antioche. In 2004 he traveled toRoussillon, France, to study with Claude Yvel the

secret techniques of Renaissance paintings and the extraction of pigments at the Conservatoire Okhra. In 2009, Maamary registered a Ph.D. in the History of Art at INHA, Paris IV, Sorbonne.

His professional experience stands on three main axis: Higher Education, Conservation and Art. In 1990, Gaby Maamary started an intensive academic teaching career in art, the history of art, of architecture and of furniture in prestigious universities; namely USEK, the Lebanese University, NDU, LAU, and Saint-Paul. Presently, he is a staff member at ALBA, in the University of Balamand. Since 1995 he participated in numerous colloquiums in museums, academic and scientific institutions in Lebanon, Germany, Cyprus, England, France, Egypt, Jordan, and Japan.

Between 2004 and 2010, he teamed up with the Japanese archeological mission of Nara University for the study of wall paintings for the conservation of the Roman necropolis in Tyre. Between 2006 and 2009, Maamary represented the University of Balamand as a researcher in the framework of “InfrArtSonic”, a European comission project for the Development of a Novel and Integrated Portable Non-Destructive Analysis System for the Documentation of Artworks. His interventions and consultancy tasks were requested in both public and ecclesiastic sectors in the Arab world and in Europe. His portfolio comprises the conservation of paintings and icons dating as far as the 14th century. In 2007, he was selected as a member in the list of monitors and evaluators of Europeans projects, Cordis Europa, in the European Commission.

Between 1996 and 2010 he was the art critic of the Ad-Dyar, Daily Star, and Al Bina’ newspapers. In 2003, he was elected the vice–president of «La Maison Libanaise de la Photographie» a position he still holds today.

Before 1998, Gaby Maamary’s participation concerning the art scene was mainly in group shows and symposiums, a shy exposure compared to the kick off in 1998 with the snow sculpture competition in Quebec. Known for his daring and progressive artistic interpretations, he shocked the national art scene when he burned all his long-life artworks in public in Martyr-Square, in Downtown Beirut. The redundancy of the 2001 event rumbled far beyond geographical boundaries as an impressive performance of Contemporary Art in Lebanon. The incineration event was generated by the unfortunate events of 9/11. His Happening illustrated the echos of the Lebanese civil war and the international incidents of the past two decades. His two documents were displayed, in situ, “Manifest of Kakossism” and “Le Dialogue des Cul(s) Tue ®” on the occasion of the Francophonie Summit in Lebanon, and summerized his vision of the new Esthetic order. With nothing more to say, Gaby Maamary kept the vow of silence for several years, and retreated from the art scene. Troubled waters broke his silence. In 2003 he initiated a series of politically engaged installations and video art held mostly in academic, cultural institutions and musical festivals.

His intimate relationship with sketching since the beginning of his artistic practice gave birth to “L’Esprit Artiste”; published by La Revue de la Phénicie in 2011.

He decided to found his long time project dream Art Nub Beirut in 2018 in cooperation with his long time artistic partner Nayla Yared, graduate of ALBA , who shares his passion for art.

Nayla Yared, a career in advertising and a passion for art.

Nayla Yared studied advertising in l’Académie Libanaise des Beaux Arts (ALBA) and graduated in 1994.

Her career started in Cyprus as a project manager for Ocean Images, a Swedish/Cypriot multimedia company. She designed and executed, among other big projects, the construction installation and multimedia projection show for the Cypriot pavilion at the World Expo 2000 in Hannover, Germany.

She moved back to Beirut in 2001 and opened a sister company called Ocean Images Middle East. This ambitious Multimedia Company was ahead of its time; LG’s 2002 event in Downtown Beirut was a big success.

In 2004, she became the Advertising Manager of Zoughaib Jewelry and was able to build a strong brand image for the company during 13 years.

In 2016, she decided to draw her own path and use her long years of expertise in the advertising and marketing fields and her passion for art to co-found Art Nub Beirut with Gaby Maamary.