Gebran Tarazi (1944-2010) is a Lebanese
artist and considered at the forefront of Arab artists who deal with geometry
. Noted for his vivid use of color, Tarazi sought to prove his oriental identity by exploring the traditional form of the Qayem-Nayem
, an intricate and endlessly versatile arrangement of vertical and horizontal abstract shapes. Abstraction has also been the centre of the painter's writing adopting the “nouveau roman” style in his novel Le Pressoir à olives
. He has exhibited in many exhibitions in Beirut and international. A Major retrospective of the artist was held at Villa Audi, Beirut titled, “Variations Geometriques” (2012).