American Univesity of Beirut

Ziyad Yamut of the University Libraries, a multitalented persona

​​​​​​​​Ziad Yamut, Library Assistant at the Architecture and Engineering Library in AUB, is also a multitalented persona. In this article, you will meet the artistic side of Ziad, the musician, painter, and photographer.


Ziyad has been a member of the LAU Choir since 1993 singing as a tenor. He initially started out in 1991 with the Beirut School of Fine Arts Muwashahaat & Tarab choir and has been singing ever since. He was also with the AUB choir in 1991 and recalls singing during the Miss AUB Pageant. Ziyad refers to his great Oriental voice as a genetic gift from his parents.


As a child, Ziyad Umar Yamut was fascinated with art and he would always envision himself as an artist. His artwork started when Ziyad created his first set of Graphite and Ink drawings after the Israeli Invasion of Lebanon in 1982. He was 17 years old then.


Until today, Ziyad uses abstract imageries in his paintings and sculptures. He enjoys making sculptures- mainly in clay and designs logos as part of his interest in graphic design.


As for photography, it started with the birth of his nieces and nephews and is now an additional hobby he enjoys.


Talking about his art, Ziyad says: “Singing at school, institutes, and universities, in addition to participating in many local and international festivals made me understand how fine arts and performing arts refine your being . . . when you sing, draw, sculpt, and photograph you find yourself interconnected with creative ideas that take you away from the physical materialistic world.“ When asked about his motto in life, Ziyad said: “Be yourself no matter what they say.”


Despite being a full-time employee at AUB Libraries for many years now, Ziyad pursued his studies and graduated on May 31, 2014, with a BA in Public Administration from AUB. AUB’s Outlook Student Newspaper wrote about Ziyad back then. You can read the article here: http://outlookaub.com/2014/04/09/humans-of-aub-ziad-yamut-once-an-aubite-always-an-aubite/


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