Born in Rachana, Basbous enjoyed a long and successful career, with his first exhibition at the Alecco Saab Gallery, Beirut, in 1958 thrusting him firmly into the spotlight. In 1960, he received a scholarship from the French government, which enabled him to study under the sculptor René Collamarini at the National Fine Arts School in Paris (L’Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Paris). The following year, his works featured at the International Sculpture Exhibition at the Musée Rodin, Paris.
Working in the tradition of sculptors such as Auguste Rodin, Jean Arp and Henry Moore, Basbous explored the potential of fine materials, such as bronze, wood and marble, to express the sensuality and purity of the human form. An evident aversion to frivolous and meaningless embellishments in his pieces echoes his own philosophy of simplicity and earnestness. Focused on the aesthetic principles of shape, movement, line and material, his sculptures display a deeply ingrained sincerity and a search for the essence of beauty.