Earthy pastels and nude-coloured shreds, still paper-folded wrinkles and an airy feel are a few of the impressions left after spotting Zad Moultaka’s fine artworks, represented by Galerie Janine Rubeiz at the Abu Dhabi Art 2016.
Beirut-born in 1967, Zad Moultaka is best known as a classical music composer and pianist, with his personal approach to researching the differences between Western notations and the narrative orality of the Arab world, in an attempt to express one in the terms of the other and grasp the acoustic consequence. His expressions in paint came later, and ever since 2013, the artissimo has been represented by Galerie Janine Rubeiz, to follow their mission on prevailing promoting cultural politics in Lebanon. Zad Moultaka's paintings resemble a mix of free streamline consciousness translated using mixed-media - painted shreds of paper, sculpted with water and other natural elements.
Are his hands of a composer, a pianist or a painter? Nevertheless, his pictorial compositions blossom both locally and internationally – from Beirut to Paris. In addition and to the future, Zad Moultaki has now been now been chosen to be featured as a Lebanese representative at the 57th Annual Venice Biennale.
Zad Moultaka will represent Lebanon at the 57th Venice Biennale from May 13th through November 26th, 2017. Featuring the ‘Sacrum’, a spatial and temporal sound dialogue project between Jeita and Chauvet, age-old powerful symbolic sites.