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October 19 2017 | 10:07pm AET

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Vahe Berberian - Rock the boat


Vahé Berberian, a painter, author, playwright, director and actor, was born in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1955. He grew up in Beirut amongst intellectuals and his parents' home was a meeting place open to friends from the worlds of theater, literature and the arts. After traveling through Eastern and Western Europe, he returned to Lebanon confronted with the onset of the Lebanese Civil War in 1976. He later relocated to Los Angeles, where he lives now. Berberian studied art in both Lebanon and the United States and he received a degree in journalism with honors in 1980. 

His experiences have brought about over 65 solo and group exhibitions, four one man shows, two published novels, and over a dozen plays written and directed by him, worldwide.

"Ultimately I suppose I am a story teller, whether in words or paint. I started out as a figurative painter. Throughout the years, gradually, as I got rid of everything that was decorative or didactic, my work became more and more abstract, eventually minimalist. Occasionally some of the old elements creep in and survive the process of purification. The perfect painting is the empty canvas. I fill it up because I love the process of painting," says Berberian.

 
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