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The It Girl: Kristel Bechara

The award-winning Dubai-based artist touches on her love for nature, her views on Henri Matisse, biggest life achievement and more

Kristel Bechara, artist

Tell us a little about your background.

I am influenced by my late father, who was a surrealist artist and sculptor. I must have gotten his gift and I have been encouraged to express myself and create art ever since I was a child. My transition from art hobbyist into a professional artist started about 12 years ago when I moved to Dubai and started experimenting with a new style that combines my fondness of artistic styles into one medium; combining my love of fabrics, graphic patterns and painting it into a single dynamic and colourful artwork that expresses the beauty in diversity through various topics. 

What inspires you?

I get inspirations from my everyday interactions with the world and nature. I generally select topics that move me and have an impact on my emotions during a period of time. I also spend a fair amount of time researching artists whether contemporary or old masters and will not miss an opportunity to go to art shows and museums everywhere I go – although I do this for fun and enjoyment, I guess it indirectly influences me and my artwork.

Artwork by Kristel Bechara. Courtesy of the artist

Favourite city and why?

I am torn between Paris and Amsterdam. Both cities have an intense art scene that dates several centuries that captures you. Paris in particular is so humbling from its grandiose museums, which requires weeks to experience properly to its classic artists’ quarters like Montmartre where you can spend time with super talented artists that adopted a simple and seemingly carefree lifestyle. Montmartre is definitely transcendental.

What do you do in your spare time?

I paint! I enjoy playing tennis and spending time with my kids and family.

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