Born in 1955, Greta Naufal is a visual artist and art educator. She started studying painting under John Guvder in 1967 and later at l’Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts under the tutelage of the pioneers of Lebanese modern art (Yvette Achkar, Seta Manoukian, Aref El Rayess, Rafik Charaf, Jamil Malaeb, Nadia Saikaly and Amine El Bacha). In 1980, she earned her Master’s degree in Fine Arts with distinction and applied for a PhD program at the Sorbonne University in Paris which she was forced to discontinue because of the civil war.

Her work was featured in a number of exhibitions in the Arab World as well as overseas (France, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and China). Her awards and honors include the Jury’s Prize for painting from the ‘Salon d’Automne’ at the Sursock Museum (1995), the Jury’s Prize at the ‘Biennale of Alexandria’ (1998), and the Jouhaina Baddoura award in recognition of lifetime contribution to art and education (2016). Her paintings are part of various public and private collections including the Royal Museum of Stockholm, Millesgarden Museum, Sursock Museum, the Lebanese Parliament and UNESCO.

Greta Naufal has been also teaching art in several educational institutions in Lebanon since 1983, mentoring many from the young generation of emerging artists. She is member of faculty at the Lebanese American University. She is also a member of the Association of Lebanese Artists and the Association of Contemporary Visual Artists (KKV Sweden).

Often reflecting on the environment that surrounds her, Greta Naufal experiments with various mediums including painting, collage, drawing, photography, lithography, video and installations.

In 1982, after the Israeli invasion of Beirut, Greta Naufal produced a body of work on the theme of displacement and survival. This established her as an influential artist of the ‘war generation’ with a distinctive expressionist style. Throughout the 90s, she became one of the first artists to document post-war Beirut by conducting extensive field research on the vanishing architectural heritage, its impact on collective memory and the personal narratives of the inhabitants of the city.

Whether through interrogating her fluctuating relationship with Beirut, or through exploring the human condition through portraits of great musicians and intellectuals, or through denouncing violence under all its forms, Greta Naufal’s artworks remain strongly rooted in the contemporary space and time which we live in and never fail to surprise us with their strength and power of intuition.

Header: Portrait of Greta Naufal by photographer Laurent Denimal



2017 ‘Partition Inachevée’, Galerie Janine Rubeiz, Beirut, Lebanon
2010 ‘All That Jazz: painting, prints and video art’, Maqam Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
2009 ‘Irony’ Video Installation, Lebanese American University, Beirut, Lebanon
2009 ‘Imajazzination’, Fasching, Stockholm, Sweden
2007 ‘Exodus’, Return Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2007 ‘Exodus II’, Goethe-Institut, Beirut, Lebanon
2006 ‘Bey05’ Video Installation & Music Performance, Goethe-Institut, Beirut, Lebanon
2003 ‘Jazz Portraits’, Goethe-Institut, Beirut, Lebanon
2002 ‘Jazz/Reading Room’, Print Installation, Benassi Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
2001 ‘Femme Seule’, Theatre of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon
1999 ‘Face Efface’, Janine Rubeiz Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
1999 ‘Beirut Blues’, Millesgarden Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
1997 ‘Works of Jazz’, City Café, Beirut, Lebanon
1996 ‘Bey 017/GS96’, Janine Rubeiz Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
1993 ‘Il pleut dans ma mémoire’, Alwane Gallery, Kaslik, Lebanon
1991 ‘Behind the Wall’, Kulturzentrum, Kaslik, Lebanon
1990 ‘Stand Up and Dance’, Goethe-Institut, Hotel, Carlton, Beirut, Lebanon
1987 ‘Maternity’, Alumni Association, Beirut, Lebanon
1986 ‘Chemin de croix des survivants’, Chahine Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
1984 ‘Women Nouba’, Chahine Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
1982 ‘Beyrouth ma ville’, Goethe-Institut, Beirut, Lebanon


2020 ‘Beirut Year Zero’, Arthaus, Beirut, Lebanon
2019 ‘October 17, 2019’, Galerie Janine Rubeiz, Beirut, Lebanon
2019 ‘Traces of Drawing’, Nabu Museum, Lebanon
2018 ’18 in 2018′, Fine Arts Faculty Exhibition, Lebanese American University
2010 ‘Music’, Maqam Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
2009 ‘The Responsive Hand, Drawing 1’, Maqam Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
89/2009 ‘Salon d’Automne’, Sursock Museum, Lebanon
2004 ‘Irony’, Kulture-huset, Stokholm, Sweden
2004 ‘Body and Memory’, Goethe-Institut, Beirut, Lebanon
2004 ‘Lebanese Artists’, Cork Street Gallery, London, England
2003 ‘Private Collection’, Millesgarden Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
2003 ‘KKV Biennale’, KKV, Stockholm, Sweden
2003 ‘Women by Women’, LAU, Beirut, Lebanon
2001 ‘Exceptions Libanaises’, Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles, Paris, France
2001 ‘Women in Lebanese Art’, Al Sahat Gallery
2000 ‘Ayoun Arabiah’, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
1998 ‘Alexandria Biennale’, Alexandria Biennale, Egypt
1997 Entretemps Gallery, Mansourieh, Lebanon
1995 Janine Rubeiz Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
1994 Alice Moghabghab Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
1993 Agial Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
1991 Alumni Lebanese American University, Beirut, Lebanon
1991 Lebanese Artists Association, Beirut, Lebanon
1989 ‘Beyrouth Tabaan’, Dar Al Nadwa Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
1987 Carlton Hotel, Beirut, Lebanon
1984 Kulturzentrum, Kaslik, Lebanon