Born in Beirut, Afaf Zurayk graduated from the American University of Beirut in 1970 with a BA in Fine Arts with distinction, and obtained an MA in Fine Arts from Harvard University in 1972. She has taught at Beirut University College (now Lebanese American University), the American University of Beirut, in the continuing education programs of the Corcoran College of Art and Design and at Georgetown University. Zurayk's work is included in the permanent collections of the Sursock Museum in Beirut and Darat al-Funun in Amman, Jordan, as well as in many private collections. Her work has been reviewed in The Washington Post, The Washington Review, and the Arabic daily al-Hayat, among other publications.
Zurayk has published four books prior to this. Inspired and guided by both music and poetry, her artwork probes emotional experiences through turbulence to acceptance. She contemplates the human face and figure, playing motion against stillness, line against color, and active brushwork against solid spaces.
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