about the artist



Zeina Skaff Kahhale

Color and form are the two most essential elements in my work. 
The day I spent three hours painting an apple and finding lines in red, purple, grey, ochre, green, sienna, orange, yellow, blue, white, and violet—all on one side only—I knew I was hooked for life. That was the day I also found my new passion, the yoga to my soul: painting.  

When I realized afterwards that I could not hear the faucet dripping at the end of the classroom, or the fan clicking under the window, or the student next to me chewing gum vigorously, I knew I was at the right place. The space that offers such tranquility for me can only be represented as an oasis amidst a hectic lifestyle. 

Perhaps the only other moment I have felt such serenity was when I pinched my first pot of clay. The sensorial satisfaction was too strong to let pass. I now see pottery as an opportunity to play with 'mud' and be creative at the same time. It is also a profound way to associate with my fellow potters. Sitting in a circle crafting a bowl or a platter connects me to thousands of years of human tradition. To me, it is as primitive as it is rewarding. Whether it's the abstract playground of my canvas, or the real texture of my clay, one principle has held true: the more the art transports me to new, uncharted places, the more readily I go with it, and hope you the viewer, do as well. 

One of the masters of all times, Henri Matisse, once said: "Purer colors... have in themselves, independently of the objects they serve to express, a significant action on the feelings of those who look at them."

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Zeina has a BA degree, with an Interior Design major & Graphic Design minor.

She helped to establish a new graphic design company, Areen Graphics. Areen is most famous for launching the Middle East Airlines (MEA) in-flight magazine, Cedar Wings. She designed both English and Arabic Logos.

She then worked in Switzerland at the Logitech headquarters.  She was the graphics coordinator of all publications in the marketing department. 

She also worked in Montreal, QC at McCabe Advertising Agency for medical products. 

With her international experience shaping her creativity, she decided to shift her focus and pursue a different artistic direction: painting and pottery. Since then, she has continued to tackle new artistic challenges, recently adding stained glass and Chinese calligraphy to her repertoire. With all her endeavors, she participates in workshops with other artists at the New Art Center, Newton, MA.

She recently delved into creating paintings for interior design purposes at the Massachusetts offices of Altiostar Networks, Inc. She enjoys bringing vibrancy and character to different spaces, infusing the environment with colors. 

Zeina is a member of the Newton Art Association and participates in the Newton Open Studios, along with many fundraisers for local charities. 


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Here is the list of the locations where Zeina showed her work at:

  • The New Art Center, Newton, MA
  • The Scandinavian Life Center, Newton, MA
  • The Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown, MA
  • Newton City Hall, Newton, MA
  • Café L’Aroma
    • Newbury Street, Boston, MA
    • Spencer Street, West Newton, MA
  • Gregorian Rugs, Newton, MA
  • New TV, Newton, MA
  • Newton Free Library, Newton, MA
  • Morse Institute Library, Natick, MA
  • MotherBrook Arts Center, Dedham, MA
  • Boston Psychoanalytic Society & Institute, Newton, MA

 

Zeina resides in Newton with her family. 

She can be reached at: zeinask@yahoo.comzeina@zeinask.com, cell # +1-617-803-3606.

http://www.linkedin.com/in/zeinask