Lebanese artist Wahib Bteddini passed away

Lebanon lost today one of its most famous artists . Wahib Bteddini passed away today in his home town Kfarnabrekh in the Shouf region of Mt Lebanon.

Ya Libnan spoke to Bteddini’s eldest son Shadi who revealed that his dad died from cancer in the liver. He was diagnosed with the deadly disease only about a month ago

Bteddini, 82 an artist and sculptor is a multinational in his own right, with a Masters Degree in Painting and Sculpture from the Surikov Institute Moscow, a two decade tenure as Academic and Section Director in Fine Arts Faculty at the Lebanese University. He was offered American citizenship as a sign of his achievements and success in the country and around the world.

Bteddini exhibited his paintings all around the world, including Beirut, New York, Washington D.C, Moscow and several other cities. In the US alone Bteddini had 26 exhibits throughout the country.

With numerous awards to his name, including the Lebanese Cedar Badge of Honor ( presidential award) and the Lebanese Philosopher Saeed Akel Award in 1970 and again in 2004, the artist and sculptor hoped to share his life’s work with a wider audience and for the past few years he he has been busy building a museum of his work in his home town in Kfarnabrekh.

Wahib is survived by His wife Samia , his daughter Lida and sons Shadi , Mazen and Tamim who live in Bethel, Connecticut.

Here are some of his paintings:

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Click here to see more paintings of Bteddini

  • 5thDrawer

    Where is the school of art which follows his example, rather than the political posters and flags of guns? 

  • Anonymous

    Where is the school of art which follows his example, rather than the political posters and flags of guns? 

  • Anonymous

    Where is the school of art which follows his example, rather than the political posters and flags of guns? 

  • ARTpulse

    I have attended  3 of his exhibitions, and met him a couple of times… He was a great artist, I think his Lebanese landscape and traditional paintings are the best among other reputable Lebanese painters such as Faroukh and Nakhle.  Unfortunately, artists like him in Lebanon are always blackmailed politically by some leaders and government officials who didn’t support Wahib  as normal people and leaders do in other countries, however, they invested and adopted his great accomplishment after he passed away and that for their private interests to spread the untrue word that they are the real God fathers of any accomplishment.
     
    It is a shame that in our country, there is still no museum for fine arts for painters and sculptors who add glory and culture and beauty to our national flag, culture and heritage. There is no opera house for great musicians and composers.

    For this reason, the artists in Lebanon are sacrificing their lives to excel in their work without being exposed to the world to spread the real image of Lebanon. On the contrary their paintings are being sold  to politicians and the sophisticated corrupted classes of our society, to remain scattered on walls of private bedrooms and  show off salons. 

    May be we should learn from the Europeans and understand that the work of such painters belong to the people and to the world and that’s why we should preserve them and present them to those who are interested in learning about our culture. Even for the sake for our own community, if local students and people visit museums and see the work of artists, they learn about beauty and expressing themselves in more privileged ways rather than watching stupid political talk shows and wasting their times in learning from the most corrupted  leaders who insult and even hit each other live on TV . 

    The artists are the saints who bring glory and development to our cultural and national heritage. Their art is a reflection,  a continuous revolution, and a sign of appreciating the real beauty, the truth of our human nature.

    • Arzna

      Wahib was one of a kind. In my humble opinion he is one of the greatest artists Lebanon has ever had. Wahib knew all along Lebanon’s shortcomings when it comes to artwork and for this reason he built 2 identical houses in his home town Kfarnabrakh , one as a residence and one as a museum to display his work . I wonder if his wife Samia was able to complete the construction of the museum to exhibit his work.
      He wanted to also use the Museum as a school of art because he had so much to give , but unfortunately he died too soon . May his soul RIP

      • HebAlba

        Why are you searching 5 years old articles, looking for 5th comments?

        • Arzna

          Absolutely positively no political reason whatsoever , trust me . He was an artist whom I greatly admired and commented on him after reading a comment by William MATAR

          • HebAlba

            I don’t understand this is crazy, Artpulse 5 years ago commented only once? First time i clicked on his avatar there where nearly 94 comments. Wahiaite Allah it’s an abandoned Discus, beside you and 5th there’s a Guest “like” on your comment.. look at that someone took his ID!

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e809fccd0d8129cf8a1936871f7065ef7f14394ccd713fdc7c921c053f5677ab.jpg

          • Arzna

            What is wrong about commenting on the work of a famous Lebanese artist even after 100 years of publishing an article . I have no idea who is ART pulse and why the author only published one comment only . But I knew Wahib for many years and never so the article before and so this is why I commented . I really miss him, he was full of life . Did you ever meet him?

          • HebAlba

            No i never met him i saw paintings at friends home, very strong artist. ARTpulse is William Matar, just funny it ends
            up here 5 years ago..;)

          • Arzna

            Funny indeed , I never knew ARTpulse is William Matar.
            I have couple of his paintings, but wish I have more .
            Wahib became famous in the early fifties when he started putting together landscape and portrait artwork using colorful leaves of trees during the fall season and pasting them on canvas using natural gum from the trees . This is why he ended up getting a full scholarship from the Russian embassy in Beirut to study art in Moscow in the sixties

          • HebAlba

            PS Look below William Matar gives his website..

  • ARTpulse

    I have attended  3 of his exhibitions, and met him a couple of times… He was a great artist, I think his Lebanese landscape and traditional paintings are the best among other reputable Lebanese painters such as Faroukh and Nakhle.  unfortunately, artists like him in Lebanon are always blackmailed politically by some leaders and government officials who didn’t supported Wahib  as normal people and leaders do in other countries, however, they invested and adopted his great accomplishment after he passed away.  
    It is a shame that in our country, there is still no museum for fine arts for painters and sculptors who add glory and culture and beauty to our national flag, culture and heritage. There is no opera house for great musicians and composers.For this reason, the artists in Lebanon are sacrificing their lives to excel in their work without being exposed to the world to spread the real image of Lebanon. On the contrary their paintings are being sold  to politicians and the sophisticated corrupted classes of our society, to remain in scattered on walls of private bedrooms and  show off salons. May be we should learn from the Europeans and understand that the work of such painters belong to the people and to the world and that’s why we should preserve them and present them to those who are interested in learning about our culture. Even for the sake for our own community, if local students and people visit museums and see the work of artists, they learn about beauty and expressing themselves in more privileged ways rather than watching stupid political talk shows and wasting their times in learning from the most corrupted  leaders who insult and even hit each other live on TV . 

    The artists are the saints who bring glory and development to our cultural and national heritage. Their art is a reflection,  a continuous revolution, and a sign of appreciating the real beauty, the truth of our nature.

  • William MATAR

    Kindly check my site http://www.onefineart.com

  • Danny Farah

    That is great art and he was a true artist and very talented one. Rip and I hope we can have few more if we are lucky.