Nizar Othman

Nizar Othman is a visual artist born in Lebanon and of Syrian descent. Outhman began his professional career working as a journalist and caricaturist, for which he was awarded the Bronze medal at the Guangxi international comics in 2007 (University city Guangxi); the “Excellence Award at e Competition of Guangxi international comics in 2007 (University city Guangxi) China; a Special Honorary Prize – Competition of the International Journal of Rhino (Bosnia and Herzegovina) in 2008.  His artistic process is influenced by his previous career in journalism, with several of his delicately painted portraits featuring men and women either wrapped in newspapers or using it as a prop.  Set against brightly colored backgrounds, with outlined bodies, Othman’s focus lies in the inscrutable facial expressions of his subjects. Othman held his first solo exhibition at the Russian Cultural Center, Beirut in 2010. Two years later he participated in a group exhibition Creative Artists 6 at the Arab Cultural Club in Beirut. Several of his works have been acquired by the Ministry of Culture in Lebanon, Ayyam gallery, and private collectors.