RAMSEY CHAHINE BIO 

 

Chahine's paintings are marked by the relentless pursuit of an ideal with most paintings containing multiple painted-over elements hidden below the surface. This layering process creates rich textured surfaces that reflect his interest in human psychology and the layers of the unconscious mind. 

 

A believer that creativity is a intuitive or instinctual process, Chahine has a classical view of art, seeing it as guided and informed by muses.

 

His current work with the self-portrait is an adventure in personality. Chahine believes painting is a useful tool for the expression of internal forces and experiences and that it can create a personal bond with the onlooker.

 

With his self-portraits Chahine illuminates the underbelly of selfie culture and explores psychological trends of contemporary western society. He regards the self-portrait as a tool for and symbol of the most fundamental human experience, one that is reflective and self-conscious. In this way he identifies self-portraiture with a process that develops the strength and perceptions of the artist.

 

Chahine currently lives and works in New York City.

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