Charbel Samuel Aoun

Charbel Samuel Aoun is a Lebanese painter, architect, and sculptor. His great works are full of energy and intensity, and often are often influenced by his feelings and surroundings.

Charbel’s statement:

“A painting is a symphony composed by the emotions and the combination of various actions. In its space I end up deciphering exactly my printed feelings, when the social impact touches me with its negativity, I paint the tension of suffering and poverty, the emotions of the streets. In this stress, my imagination and the light within are always present to interfere; a dialogue between the social tension and imaginary light exists.

Through this mixture of feelings I decode the language of art, how to interact with abstraction and speak truth through lines , forms, depth, light, colors… all combined together to translate my energy .

En 2009, sa peinture s’ouvre à l’environnement extérieur et à la ville qui a subi la guerre et a perdu aussi d’une certaine façon son identité face au capitalisme enva My inspiration exists in the interaction of the timeless state of humanity and the temporal reality of our society”

Art Critic Statement:

“Charbel Samuel Aoun compares his painting to a symphony composed by emotions and the combination of various actions.

In his book “The Life of Forms”, Henri Focillon also stresses the importance of gestures in painting while praising the hand. “The hand is action: it takes, it creates, and sometimes it seems to think”.

In 2003-2005, Charbel was obsessed by the movement and especially by the silhouettes that were supposed to celebrate life. At this time, he focused mainly on lines that draw the movement, neglecting the details of the silhouettes themselves.

Later in the years 2005-2008, due to the happenings he experienced in his country, the image of the vibrant silhouette underwent the torments of war and appeared torn and tortured, ending practically as a distressed being.

In 2009, his work opens to the outside environment and the city that has suffered and lost a sense of identity against the invading capitalism and war.

But the year 2010 was a major turning point in the painting of this young artist. It meant diving into his subconscious and returning to his inner world. In doing so he discovered light: “… it is in this mass of black that I see light, light that gives me the strength to share it, and I paint my own journey … a journey that passes through the Living Dead (residue of my social experience) to end up with a dematerialization, a “desocialization”…

During this same year, the color became radiant and pierced through these obscured spaces; certainly one sees human forms, tortured beings who wonder around. They are dramatic paintings of rage and protest against destruction and the ugliness of a certain reality.

It is an art that defends the feeling, the irrational, the powers of the subconscious and transcendence.

The images of the inner worlds both strange and enchanting arise. His way of painting and its multicolor filamentous track adds a bewitching character; every detail being prepared with great delicacy ends with a form of undeniable elegance.

This complex subject in magico-summoners and touching paintings leaves a wide range of interpretations and associations for the viewer. Positive and the negative, the hope and the catastrophe are inextricably linked.

Charbel is a true magician of light and has the gift to represent it in the manner of the great masters of painting. But the most amazing thing is that instead of the classic duality of light and shade, we discover another duality: imitation of the visible or disclosure of the non-visible?

In fact his painting of light brings him closer to Rembrandt because light does not come from the outside but it is locked in the image itself. This also brings him close to that of Caravaggio’s work where light is a full-fledged character. It allows making visible the non-visible and holding undeniable mystic connotations. Therefore, his light has interiority. While watching each piece, his painting passes through us at the same time as we pass through it.

It is quite the talent of Charbel Samuel Aoun to give visibility to a reality in the domain of the inexpressible.”

Metz, le 26 octobre 20Metz, 26 October 2010

Christian SchChristian Schmitt

Some of Charbel’s work:

The Fake Balloonist:

Supper of Poverty:


La Foule:

Homelessness #1:

Charbel Samuel Aoun’s website:


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