From Venezuela with art

After the opening ceremony, art lovers and enthusiasts gathered around the different vibrant pieces of art and judged each one top to bottom. “I loved the metal optical pieces, so fresh and new. A real sight for sore eyes.” said artist and art collector Marwan Ghanem.
by Chiri Choukeir

15 December 2018 | 11:03

Source: by Annahar

  • by Chiri Choukeir
  • Source: Annahar
  • Last update: 15 December 2018 | 11:03

One of riveting art works on display over the holidays at the Le Grey Hotel in downtown. (Annahar Chiri Choukeir)

BEIRUT: Vibrant abstract paintings, optical illusion geometric sculptures, and perfectly detailed bronze sculptures all decorated the walls and floors of Le Grey Hotel, launching the “Visions Beyond Borders” Wednesday exhibition opening.

All art pieces on display were created by four Venezuelan artists, curated and represented by Eunoia Beautiful Art, an art exhibition company, directed by Tania Maawad. The exhibition features David Sanchez, Daniel Sanseviero, Jose Antonio Araujo and Anna Teresa Spagnuolo.

Organizing fine art exhibitions, Eunoia Beautiful Arts strives to engage and inspire different communities in Lebanon and abroad by selecting, planning, and presenting art exhibitions. “I wanted to show Lebanese art lovers a new type of art, the optical illusion art, and integrate this into the Lebanese art scene,”  Maawad told Annahar. “The pieces on display are the artists and artworks that inspired me in Venezuela, I do planning on working with Lebanese artists, and creating a platform for them on the long run.”

Upon entering the first floor of the Le Grey Hotel where the art pieces are displayed,  the first thing to catch the eye are the vibrant, color-filled works of Spagnuolo. Known for her visual language of color by building up cumulative layers, the painting evolves in stages. Spagnuolo had her work displayed in Miami, Spain, New York, Venezuela, Germany, and now Lebanon. On display, she has five large-scale abstract paintings in bold colors and techniques.


“I can’t choose a favorite among Spagnuolo’s work, each painting of hers is like an explosion of color and emotion,” said Yasmine Chaker, art enthusiast.

What caught most viewers attention and thought were the vibrant colored metal sculptures by Sanseviero. Known as a new form of abstraction, Optical Art plays with visual perception. His sculptures appear to be three-dimensional boxes. These geometric sculptures manipulate the eye into seeing depth in flat sheets of brightly colored metal. Gaining increasing recognition after his exhibitions in Venezuela, Miami, and the Dominican Republic, Sanseviero uses his art to challenge the eye processes lines, forms, and colors.

The fascinating art display continues with the exceptional work of the talented young Venezuelan artist, Sanchez. With only three paintings on display, Sanchez stands out among all artworks and sculptures with his fine line and shadow play creating three-dimensional images using acrylic paint, calculator, scale ruler, and canvas.

Towards the end of the exhibition room, five statues of women made from copper, bronze, silver gold, Abanico and Plata stand on short columns by Araujo. He dresses the artworks in a very colorful and sophisticated way, using various elements with refined and keen small details giving each piece its own unique identity.


After the opening ceremony, art lovers and enthusiasts gathered around the different vibrant pieces of art and judged each one top to bottom. “I loved the metal optical pieces, so fresh and new. A real sight for sore eyes.” said artist and art collector Marwan Ghanem.

The exhibition remains on display and artworks for sale till January 2, 2019 at the Le Grey Hotel, Beirut Downtown.

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