Born August 3rd, 1935, at Ghadir,
Nationality: French and Lebanese.
Schooled at the Marist Brethren, Jounieh.
Scholarships from governments:
Madrid , 1961-1962-1963
Paris , 1963
Rome , 1973
Paris , 1985
in studios of acknowledged masters:
Omar Onsi's, 1951-1961
George Corm's, 1958-1961
Rachid Wehbe's, 1955-1957
Italian Cultural Centre, Beirut, 1955-1957
Ecole Supérieure des lettres, Beirut, 1955-1957
Beirut Faculty of medicine (Anatomy), 1958-1959
Diplomas of Higher Studies, Madrid University
and San Fernando School of Fine Arts, 1961-1963.
Doctorate 3rd cycle, University of Paris.
“ Plastic arts, pictorial technology and expression.”
Doctorat d' Etat 1999, Lebanese University.
Lebanese State instructor since 1954.
In charge of refresher courses for Lebanese
art instructors in Beirut, Tripoli and Byblos state high schools,
Instructor of Fine Arts at Holy Spirit University,
Kaslik, since 1963.
Titular professor of the Lebanese University.
Chairman of the Drawing and Painting Department
at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Lebanese University, 1980-1985
and 1994-1996; member of the Faculty Council.
- More than sixty-five personal exhibitions
in Lebanon and around the world.
1961 - Private show, JOUNIEH.
1964 - Carlton Hotel, BEIRUT.
1965 - Sacred Art Show, St. Joseph’s University, BEIRUT.
1966 - Sacred Art Show, Seminary of GHAZIR.
1967 - Town Hall, JOUNIEH.
1968 - Carlton Hotel, BEIRUT.
1970 - St. Joseph’s University, BEIRUT.
1971 - Town of AJALTOUN.
1972 - St. Joseph’s University, BEIRUT.
1973 - Carlton Hotel, BEIRUT.
1974 - Hispanic Cultural Center, BEIRUT.
1976 - August: at the Zahle Club, SAO PAOLO, BRAZIL.
1976 - July: at the Monte Libano, RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL.
1976 - September: at the Belo Horizonte, BRAZIL.
1977 - Cultural Center, JOUNIEH.
1978 - Fish Grotto, JOUNIEH.
1979 - Casino du Liban.
1979 - Water-color Show at the A.T.C.L., JOUNIEH.
1980 - May: Higher Council for Culture and Science, KUWAIT.
1980 - May, June: Le Prisme Gallery, JAL EL DIB.
1980 - December: Saint Rafqa, JEL EL DIB.
1981 - April: Hispanic Cultural Center, BEIRUT.
1982 - May: Le Prisme Gallery, JAL EL DIB.
1983 - February: Hispanic Cultural Center, BEIRUT.
1984 - Le Prisme Gallery, JEL EL DIB.
1986 - Hispanic Cultural Center, BEIRUT.
1987 - Le Prisme Gallery, JAL EL DIB.1988.
1988 - Cultural Center, MIZIARA.
1989 - December: President’s Palace, BAABDA.
1990 - Brief activities in various Lebanese towns.
1991 - April: Drawings and studies, Le Prisme Gallery, JAL EL DIB.
1991 - September: Water-colors, KANO, NIGERIA.
1992 - February: Water-colors, IVORY COAST.
1993 - November: Foyer Franco-libanais, PARIS.
1995 - June: Le Prisme Gallery, JAL EL DIB.
1996 - February, Galerie Jade, rue des Trois Maries, LYON, FRANCE.
1996 - June: Matignon Gallery, SIN EL FIL.
1996 - April, May: Town Hall (Mairie), 8ème arrondissement, LYON,
1996 - October: Centre d’échange culturel ELAC, LYON. FRANCE.
1996 - October, November: Cité des artistes, MORESTEL, FRANCE.
1997 - March: Echos Gallery, JOUNIEH, LEBANON.
1997 - November: Galerie Jade, rue des Trois Maries, LYON, FRANCE.
1998 - May: Société Générale Libano-Européenne
de Banque, SIN EL FIL.
1999 - January: Table d’hôte des caves de France.
1999 - May: Artisanat, JOUNIEH.
2000 - June: Artisanat libanais, JOUNIEH.
2001 - March: Villa Sursock, BEIRUT.
2001 - December: Town Hall, JOUNIEH.
2002 - October: ABU DHABI., U.A.E..
2002 - November: A.D.G. Gallery, BEIRUT.
2003 - December: Phoenicia Intercontinental Hotel, BEIRUT.
2004 - August: Musical evening, BEIT SHEBAB.
2004 - December: Surface libre Gallery, JAL EL DIB.
2005 - September: Al Ryad, SAUDI ARABIA, 27th September – 9th
October , 2005.
2006 - June - Middle East University, Beirut Lebanon.
2006 - October - Surface libre Gallery, JAL EL
2007 - December - (Sepia) Lebanese Hospital Jhitawi, Beyrouth.
2008 - August, Art and craft center, Byblos Lebanon.
2009 - August, Art center in Mtein, Lebanon.
2010 - July, Safadi Fondation, Tripoli.
2010 - September, Cultural Center in Bikfaya
2010 - December, United Nations
Palace in Geneva, Switzerland
2011 - Surface libre Gallery, JAL EL DIB.
2012 - Ghazir Municipality
2013 - October, Unesco Beirut
- Works in private collections, public, religious
and private corporations around the world: France, Spain, Italy, Belgium,
Switzerland, United Kingdom, Germany, Vatican, United States,Canada,
Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Brazil, Mexico, Uruguay, Colombia, Venezuela,
Argentina, Abu Dabi, Irak, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Emirats, Kuwait,
Cyprus and Egypt.
Courses of artistic formation on Lebanese
Television, for all students at universities and teachers’ training
Radio - BBC, Voice of America, Montecarlo,
France and Kuwait Radio, Radio Liban.
TV - Kuwaiti and Lebanese.
by the artist concerning his work:
Several articles in the local and International
Several talks given in educational institutions
in Lebanon and abroad...
Polycopied courses for secondary (senior
high) school classes and the teachers’ training college.
Teachers’ book in Arabic for the Centre for
pedagogic research and Development.
Mentioned in the book "Couleurs Libanaise"
by Joseph Sokhn - Edition 1982.
Mentioned in the book "Cent Ans d'Art
Plastique au Liban 1880-1980" - Edition 1982.
A book about the artist's work: Peintures
du Liban –Joseph Matar - Tanit Edition -1996.
Member of "Art in Context Organization"
- New York - 1997
Mentioned in the book "Pioneers from Lebanon"
The work of Joseph Matar was critiqued on
April 11, 2000 by Joanna Bassil (Bachelor of Arts degree, University
of Quebec - Montreal, Canada).- A question of culture and formation
which finds its expression in the work of Joseph Matar.
His poetry has been mentioned in "Dreams and
Fantasies" part of The Silence Within series by The
International Library of Poetry.
The works of Joseph Matar appear in the book
"Histoire de l'art du 20ème siècle, artiste peintre
Joseph Matar", Tome III, Académie Michel
Angelo des beaux arts, Beirut, by Alice Atwé under the supervision
of Bernard Renno.
In July 2001, his poetry was recognized by
an award for outstanding achievement from the international library
Mentioned in the book "Ardalil - Lebanese
Artists Guide, 2001", L'Ecrit du Phénix, Editions Orientalistes.
Mentioned in the book "Arab Artists Resource
Guide", an exclusive directory of Arab cultural representatives
- Edition 2003.
- 2003 - A water-color by the artist, 32 x 50
centimeters, was sold for $1000 at the National Apostolate of the
Maronites, USA (9-13 July, 2003).
- The work of Joseph Matar was critiqued on March
6, 2003 by Jean-Maximillien de la Croix De Lafayette (Music and Art
Society of America, Inc., President Emeritus), Meet Joseph Matar:
The Artist who spoke to nature and unveiled its divine beauty! And
mentioned in the book 'United States and the World Face to Face'.
- The work of Joseph Matar was critiqued on April
19, 2003 by Joan Lluís Montané from the International
Association of Art Critics.
- Mentioned in the Art magazine "Amman";
Number 100 - October 2003.
- In November 2003, his work was recognized by
an award for outstanding achievement from "Said Akl Awards".
- Mentioned in the magazine "Cantos Cadre"
Canada; Volume 2 - Fall 2003.
- A masterpiece by the artist was featured on
a greeting card (20.000 printed cards) to promote the commemoration
of the Deir Yassin massacre of Palestinians in 1948 - Sunday, April
4th, 2004 at the Royal Geographical Society, Kensington Gore, London
- The work of Joseph Matar was critiqued on May,
2004 by David Nye, Joseph Matar: "Wealth of Artistic creativity
and abundance of mesmerizing multidimensional colors - The Last Hurrah
of the last great masters of the grand Orient".
- The works of Joseph Matar appear in the Images
of Eyes Gallery - United States, October 2004.
- An article has been published about Joseph
Matar in "New York arts Magazine", Vol 9 n' 11/12, 04, New
- Mentioned in the "Dictionnaire
Drouot Cotation 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 - Larousse
- Mentioned in the book 'Christianisme Oriental
Kérygme et Histoire" Geuthner, 2007.
- Mentioned in the book 'Encyclopedia of the
21st Century: Biographies and Profiles of the First Decade', published
by Times Square Press (New York), 2008.
- Mentioned in the book 'Wild
Mulberries' by Iman Humaydan Younes, published by InterLink Books,
- Mentioned in the book 'Les nouveaux Gulliver'
of Jean Marcoux, published by EditionsPourTous, 2008.
- Mentioned in the Mags
Byblos Art and Byblos Switzerland, published by Dr. Joseph Yammouni,
- In October 2008, his work was recognized by
an award from Mubadarat development
in Beit Anya Harissa.
- Mentioned in the book Ainsi
parlait Jésus by Claude Guérillot, published by
Edition Vega, 2009.
Matar in Wikipedia 2011
- Mentioned in the book "La
Vierge à l'Enfant au pays des cèdres" by Michèle
- Mentioned in the book "Byblos,
land of God" by Raymond Yazbeck, 2013
- Mentioned in the book "Le Livre et la
Raison" by Claude Guérillot - Eléments pour une
théologie du 3ème millénaire - Editions d'Antioche,
- Mentioned in the book National
Geographic Learning, a division of Cengage Learning - May 2013
- Mentioned in the book 'L'Ane et l'Abeille,
Gilles Lapouge', edition Albin Michel - February 2014