Leila Kubba Kawash was born of a Swiss American mother and Iraqi father, she was educated in Baghdad; she went on to graduate with a National Diploma of Art and Design from the Manchester School of Art and Architecture in the U.K. and also studied for a period of five years at the Corcoran College of Art in Washington DC. As well as courses in printmaking and painting at St. Martins College in London. She has participated in several international exhibitions, including 24 solo exhibitions; at Leighton House in London, Magna Gallery in Athens, Atrium of International Monetary Fund and Alif Gallery in Washington DC, at the Cultural centers of the UAE in Abu Dhabi, and in Amman, Jordan, as well as touring exhibitions across the United States.Her works are in private and public collections internationally, including the British Museum, International Monetary Fund, Jordan National Gallery, Abu Dhabi Cultural Center, and Audi Bank, Beirut. Today she is the founder of Art Space Hamra in Beirut, Lebanon, where exhibitions for local and contemporary artists are held, as well as working creatively on her own paintings.
Leila Kubba Kawash
Director of Art Space Hamra for fine arts in Beirut, Lebanon
2016 “Far from the Shore” Artspace Hamra, Beirut, Lebanon
2015 “Past to Present “ Orfali Gallery, Amman, Jordan
2013 “Between Echo and Silence “ Orjowan Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
2013 “Selections” Iraqi Cultural Center, Beirut, Lebanon
2012 “Missing Pages” Orfali Gallery, Amman, Jordan
2010 “Visions from Beirut” Gallery Zamaan, Beirut, Lebanon
1997 “Dawns and Invocations" Magna Gallery, Athens, Greece.
1996 “Diversities and Harmony" Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation, U.A.E.
1996 Exhibition at Academias Cultural Center, Municipality of Athens, Greece
1994 “Crossings" Royal Cultural Center, Amman, Jordan. Exhibition of 43 paintings.
1993 “Interpretations in Texture" Two Persons Exhibition
at the Michael Stone Gallery Washington DC.
1993 “Recent Works" A.D.C. Convention, Washington DC.
1991 “Words, Echoes and Images" Alif Gallery, Washington, DC.
Featured on WETA TV Washington DC. "Around Town"
File established in archives of National Museum of Women
in the Arts, Library and Research Center.
1987 “Movements and Traditions" Hilton, Athens, Greece. Exhibition, of 55 oil canvases, under the patronage of the Jordanian Ambassador to Greece. This exhibition moves away from the Arab theme and towards capturing movements, particularly dancers. This new theme gradually moves into an abstract form.
1984–6 “Through Arab Eyes" Touring Exhibition sponsored by
the American Arab affairs council:
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Library, Cupples House Art
Gallery, Saint Louis University, Birmingham Public Library,
Birmingham, Alabama, The David M Kennedy Center for
International Studies, Brigham Young
University, Provo, Utah, The Oriental Institute,
Chicago, Illinois, The Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts, Minnesota.
1986 “Through Arab Eyes” Atrium of International Monetary Fund, Washington DC.
1982 “Recent Paintings” Sheraton, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Exhibition of 45 paintings under
The patronage of the Alliance Français and the UAE, opened by Sheik Ahmed Bin
Hamed, Minister of Information and Culture.
1978 “An Exhibition of Paintings” Hilton, Abu Dhabi, UAE,
Under the patronage of the US. Embassy. Exhibition comprised of 36 realistic
Oil paintings depicting Bedouin life, with an emphasis on the contrast of light and
Shadows in the desert.
2015 “Art Fair Bahrain”, Bahrain
2015 “Beirut Art Fair”, Beil, Beirut
2014 “Laureates Exhibit, Laaps, Unesco, Beirut
2014 “Bachanalia Exhibit” IXSIR gallery and Pidraya Arts, Lebanon
2014 “Experimental Art” Laaps , Beirut
2014 Syri-Arts; Beirut Exhibition Center
2013 “Visual Art Forum IV” Unesco Beirut
2012 “Visual Art Forum III” Unesco, Beirut, Lebanon
Won the award of the Association of Lebanese Artists
2010-134 “Women call for Peace: Global Vistas” Touring Exhibit. United States. New York