Beirut in 1974, Ricardo Mbarkho is an artist living in Lebanon.
His career has been linked to conceptual art, video and new media, digital art, and communication. He uses multiple mediums to reflect on (un)communicational situations. In his aesthetic approach, he questions a society where the breakdown of social cohabitation is preciously maintained and frozen into a continuous struggle over power and belonging. In his recent works, he manipulates different layers of significations by investigating multiple questions related to language, communication, creative industries, history of art as well as the visual representation within the sociopolitical sphere, where he uses the computer as a tool to transcend texts into images.
His work was presented in many countries (among which: Austria: Ars Electronica; Germany: transmediale; Bosnia-Herzegovina: Galerija 10m2; Lebanon: Mark Hachem Gallery, Espace SD, Goethe-Institut, and Visual Art Forum; Spain: microARTos; France: Biennale de Paris, Ghislain Mollet-Viéville, and VIDEOFORMES; Italy: INVIDEO; Poland: dokumentART; Tunisia: Sousse Cultural Center; United Arab Emirates: artParis AbuDhabi). In November 2010, he received the prize of the Lebanese Ministry of Culture for the Contemporary Arts in the Visual Art Forum 2010.
Ricardo Mbarkho received his Art Diplomas from Ecole Nationale
Supérieure des Beaux-Arts and Ecole Supérieure
d’Etudes Cinématographiques, Paris, France and from Institut Supérieur des Beaux-Arts, Beirut. He also completed an exchange study program at Carnegie Mellon
University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
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