TRANSMUTATIONS, a solo exhibition for Sarkis Sislian

 Arneli Art Gallery and Zico House proudly invite you to the opening of Sarkis Sislian’s solo exhibition, “TRANSMUTATIONS”.

Press Release

Ziad Jreige

“Analysing hope, self-improvement, self-destruction, and questioning the soundness of existence, Sarkis depicts the distorted sanity which links the rebellious inside to the nasty and the dishonorable outside.

Like Emil Cioran and Francis Bacon, our artist is communicating the beauty, the immortality, and the integrity of a better-elevated world, by showing us the hideousness, the decay, and the vulnerability of the world we live in.

Sislian's faces often gaze directly into the souls of the beholders, impersonating them. He never misses a chance to speak with passersby, and to communicate through the virtue of art, that which is non-communicable in any other way.

Showcasing various changes and transformations of form, color, composition, and texture, Sarkis Sislian creates bold and distinctive transmutations.” 

Sarkis Sislian is a multidisciplinary artist oscillating between two extremes of an arbitrary spectrum of expression. With an MA in Visual Arts from ALBA university, he has created a very subjective and unique approach to portraiture. His work goes back and forth between geometric, structural drawings, and almost abstract expressionist forms of introspection through portrait paintings.

Exhibition Period: May 26 – June 9, 2022

OPENING Reception: May 26, 2022, 5 PM - 8 PM, Zico House – Sanayeh, Beirut.

Exhibition Curator: Manar Ali Hassan

*This exhibition is sponsored by ALBA university and oVR Lebanon.

The official opening video:

An interview with the curator Manar Ali Hassan and the artist Sarkis Sislian on "Sharraftouna" about "Transmutations".

Reportage on ALARABY TV about "Transmutations"

A virtual tour through the exhibition:

Making of "Transmutations" video:

Pictures from the opening of the exhibition:



The ambassador of Japan in Lebanon Mr. Takeshi Okubo at "Transmutations".