Youssef Shawki was born in Beirut in 1973, he studied fine art and intercultural mediation. These combined interests feed into his work, which explores the conditions of Lebanese contemporary society and their effects on human beings. Not limiting himself to painting and drawing, he works with various media, including video, performance, and text.
Shawki Youssef’s process is also rooted in painting the bodily and unconscious experience linked to ego, desire, and social expression. Distorted limbs and body parts often appear fragmented and caught between torture and decay. Reflecting both theoretical discourse and the study of social trauma, his work taps into delicate individual stories of vulnerability and fear.
- Acid Fields - 2013 in Green Art Gallery / Dubai / United Arab Emirates
- Hollow Flesh - 2011 in Agial Art Gallery / Beirut / Lebanon
- Barjeeel Art Foundation - in Sharjah / United Arab Emirates