Lebanese-French artist May Nef showcases her visions of beloved Lebanon in this solo exhibition featured at casAntonio Ristorante Italiano in Itaewon. The Lebanese artist previously lived in Paris for two-and-a-half years before her relocation to Seoul, which has now endured nearly two years.
Originally a Political Science major, once married she entered the hotel-life traveling with her husband eventually deciding to enthrall herself with a hobby fitting to her persona and lifestyle. A wise choice indeed as expressing her visions and infusing her talents through art has been more than successful. As the hobby acquired more prevalence, she started painting and understudied the Lebanese artist Emmanuel P. Guiragossian for one year to refine her skills as an artist. After relocation to Korea, she became an active member of the International Artists Community and is experiencing success with her first solo exhibition, and third exhibition as a Seoulite.
Whilst in the learning process, she experimented with acrylics to try and find her niche, but settled into oil-based paints, but works her magic more frequently with a knife instead of common brushstrokes. The knife creates rough strokes on the paintings giving the art texture and creating a three-dimensional image distinguishing itself from the sometimes flat-textured brushstrokes. The liveliness of the art jumps towards the viewer via the mastery of her artistic presentation with a knife as opposed to a brush inducing energy into the painting, ultimately separating her from other artists.
Conveying their ideals through art is evident for most artists, but Ms. Nef has a different look on her technique as she wants people to be able to create their own opinion instead of leading the viewer by the hand and presenting the intended emotions on a silver platter. Each person can discover something inside the works which are unique. Indeed she wants her art to convey emotions and inject energy, but she also wants to show the true beauty of her home country Lebanon and its heritage by portraying its beauty and culture to others. Whilst most news we hear about countries tend to be presented in a negative context, she wants the audience to experience the softer side and culturalistic qualities of her homeland. Simply put, she wants people to understand what a country is really about.
The exhibition at casAntonio will run until January 6th, 2011 and one can mingle around the restaurant enjoying the art while simultaneously enthralling themselves with fine Italian cuisine. For further information, one can visit the Facebook page by searching “Perceptions” a Solo Exhibition by May Nef.
By Daniel Vorderstrasse
For more information on the artist May Nef, one can visit her website: www.wix.com/maynef/naya
For more information on the ristorante and its location, one can visit their website: www.casantonio.co.kr