Rawia Ghandour Zantout has a degree in Business and Finance from the University of Southern Europe in Monte Carlo, Monaco, although her real passion has always been the arts.
Rawia finds her inspiration in the works of prominent Impressionist painters such as Monet, Renoir, Degas, Pissarro and Manet , many of whom lived and worked in the south of France where she lived and studied. Her work thus mirrors the magical reflections present in nature.
Her career initially began with creating art for children. She set up a center the ”Mishmash Kids Club”, that taught children paintings and the skills required should they pursue careers in the arts in the future.
In 2006 Rawia was commissioned to create a range of paintings for Bank Med, with a focus on ecological themes mainly present in the landscapes of her homeland, Lebanon. Her works were printed as lithographs and distributed to thousands of bank customers. In Parallel she also worked with Byblos Bank and Audi Bank.
In 2007, the artist, torn by the turmoil in her country, delved into the political side of art. She thus sought to crystallize the March 14 Revolution in Martyrs Square and after that the strife of the Arab Spring.
Her love for fine arts set her to find “my own world and my own style”, to create beauty and joy, so people might find meaning and happiness in life...
She was also commissioned to paint several portraits of World and Lebanese leaders including President Vladimir Putin, President Michel Aoun, Troels Povlsen, PM Saad Hariri, FPM Fouad Seniora etc… Rawia has participated in over 18 exhibitions in Lebanon and abroad.
August 2018: Global Art Awart nomination, Dubai AE
October 2018: Selected amongst the Finalists for the Global Art Award, Dubai AE
- - 2020 in Artifact gallery Manhattan / New York / USA
- Parallax Art fair Exhibition - 2018 in Chelsea Town Hall / London / United Kingdom
- Annual exhibition - 2017 in Four Seasons Hotel Beirut / Beirut / Lebanon
- - 2017 in INTAJ House / Beirut / Lebanon