Chaouki Choukini’s sculpture offers a window back to what he refers to as the ‘landscape of childhood’, to people and places, and to memories of South Lebanon. Choukini piles block upon block on top of each other, creating cityscapes and mountains, and revealing abstracted, silent faces. It is this tension – between corners and edges, form and function, and, most importantly, positive and negative space – that has come to define his work.
Born in 1946 in Choukine, Lebanon, Chaouki Choukini received his degree from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-arts de Paris, in 1972. He was awarded the Prix de la Jeune Sculpture in 1978 followed by the Taylor Foundation Prize in 2010. Most recently in 2015 he was awarded the Prix de la Fondation Pierre Gianadda, from the Academie De Beaux-Arts de l'Institut de France.
Choukini has participated in various solo and group exhibitions including Beloved Bodies, Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE (2017), Poetry in Wood, Green Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE, (2016), Portrait of The-Non-Existent-Bird, Museum of Issoudun, France (2014); Tajreed (Arab Abstract Art), Contemporary Art Platform, Kuwait (2013); Le Corps decouvert, Arab World Institute, Paris, France (2012); International Aswan Sculpture Symposium, Cairo Biennial, Egypt (1997); Paris Sculpture, Centre de Sculpture Contemporaine, Paris, France (1973). His works are in several important collections including Musee d’Art Contemporain de Val-de-Marne, France; Arab World Institute, France, Mathaf, Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Centre National Des Arts Plastique, France, Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE and Sharjah Art Foundation. He lives and works in Paris, France.