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Hilda Abla

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Painter, Illustrator, Communications Specialist and Actor, Lebanese-Armenian artist Hildos, was born Hilda Abla in Beirut and lived during the 15 years of war that Lebanon went through. She started her artistic venture when she was 5 at the children art program at Lebanese American University, the university formerly known as Beirut University College. Through which she pursued her Art studies and graduated in 1996.
Since ‘96, she has worked in different art and design fields and participated in different programs in the USA, such as the Rotary Group Study Exchange professional & cultural exchange program in 2000. She finished her Master degree in Marketing and Communications at L’Ecole Supérieure des Affaires (ESCP-EAP) in July 2009. And in 2011 she attended the Milton Glaser Summer Course & in 2012 Summer Painting Residency both at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

From Beirut to New York City she gained her sense of art from all the life struggles she led and dedicated her passion to express those issues. Driven by making a difference in people's lives and considering that Art comes with a responsibility and believing that every artwork should have significance …’It’s about expressing a message, sharing an idea or a struggle. Not to dictate it but rather to inspire it’. Her primary goal was to address social issues but her latest commitment is directed to changing the way women view their bodies and themselves. A challenge she faced most of her life. Through her sense of humor she artistically tackled taboos to illustrate the beauty of the human body, 'seeing beauty in imperfection' away from the stereotypes clichéd by the media. Hildos lives between Beirut and New York City, the city she considers her muse.
‘My work reflects my funny personality, my personal struggles, seeing beauty in imperfection, my progressive views and sexuality which I express through humor.
I believe that every work should have significance but we shouldn't take ourselves too seriously and enjoy the expedition...
We only live once right?’

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