About Lara Youakim
Born in 1968, Lara spent her childhood in Beirut and started her artistic studies in ALBA Beirut before continuing in Paris art schools (Académie Charpentier, École Boulle and ENSAAMA also called Atelier de Serres).
She has studied murals (Fresco, Laquer, Mosaic) in ENSAAMA and traditional religious icon making in Ateliers de la Mairie de Paris. She then started a major in Chinese language and civilization before settling in China for 15 years, during which she studied for 7 years Chinese traditional painting and calligraphy, as well as Japanese floral art Ikebana for which she’s got certificates from Kyoto Ikebana School. The few last years of her Chinese stay, she has been on and off in Bali where she followed several courses such as Balinese sculpture, silver jewel making, Batik making, Bamboo & Rattan weaving…
Lara is very interested in artistic techniques and her works are a mix of these and of different influences, Asian, Lebanese and western.
She has exhibited in China (group exhibitions) and her first exhibition in Lebanon was held in August 2010, a year after settling back in her country. Since then she exhibits twice to four times a year.
Her works were first mostly influenced by women and Asia. But since her return to the country and being shocked by the huge, fast and chaotic changes of Beirut, she started to work on that theme. She denounces the loss and death of the soul of Beirut. Lara lives in a typical old Beirut house, which makes it harder for her to accept the exaggerate modernization of the city, not taking in consideration its people or the touristic and historical interest of the, unfortunately, disappearing old Beirut. Besides, even though a certain number of buildings are beautiful, most of the time they don’t fit in their location because of the lack of urbanism.Her works about this town were first very figurative and tend now to be more abstract (abstract expressionist).
Her other theme is nature, as it is more and more missing in town and also because that’s what the artist misses from her beloved Bali.
Some abstract works take source in Arabic calligraphy and coffee reading lines and depending on the period there were painted, they take inspiration source in all what matters to Lara, such as love, discovery, life principles, travel…
5 -29 August 2021: Artists of Beirut Boutique collective exhibition , Les designers sous la tente, Mzaar ,Lebanon
17-20 décembre 2020: Tribute to Beirut, Artists of Beirut Initiative, collective exhibition, Beirut, Lebanon
Nov. 2019- Mar. 2020: Revolution theme, group , Janine Rubeiz Gallery. Beirut, Lebanon
Dec.-Jan. 2018-19: Collective exhibition, KAF Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
July 2018: Villa Paradiso exhibition , Batroun, Lebanon
June 2018: Afkart, Zaytuna Bay, Beirut, Lebanon
August 2017: Mza’art sous la tente exhibition, Mzaar, Lebanon
July 2017: Brocante des artistes, Arc-en-ciel, Beirut, Lebanon
August 2016 :Mza’art sous la tente exhibition, Mzaar,Lebanon
July 2016 Brocante des artistes. Arc-en-ciel. Beirut.
July 2015 Brocante des artistes.Arc-en-ciel. Beirut.
2015-2018: Permanent display of a selection of my artwork at KAF gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
December 2014 : Afkart, Biel, Beirut, Lebanon
Nocturne of Beirut National Museum. Beirut, Lebanon
August 2014: Mza’art sous la tente exhibition, Mzaar,Lebanon
March 2014: Lebanon week fair, Jeddah. KSA
December 2013 : Afkart, Biel, Beirut , Lebanon
August 2013: Mza’art sous la tente Exhibition- Faraya , Lebanon
Since December 2012 Designing objects and selling in Asia, Beirut National Museum and in my art studio.
December 2012 : Afkart, Biel, Beirut, Lebanon
2012 :Collective exhibition, ROCHANE Gallery. Beirut, Lebanon
December 2011 : Afkart, Biel, Beirut, Lebanon
August 2011 - Collective exhibition-MARK HACHEM Gallery- Beirut.
August 2011: Mza’art sous la tente Exhibition- Faraya , Lebanon
July-Aug 2011/: Solo exhibition , Café de Prague, Beirut, Lebanon
August 2010 : Mza’art sous la tente- Faraya Mzaar.
2001 to 2006: Exhibitions with my Chinese painting teacher, Beijing. China.
*To see further artworks, visit Instagram: larayouakim_art