Mazen Kerbaj

A Year in the Life

‘Taboos and dark humour come together in this trippy book’

Images courtesy Tamyras Editions

Born in Beirut in 1975, Mazen Kerbaj has published over 15 books, along with numerous short stories and illustrations in daily papers and magazines in not only his native Lebanon, but in Europe and North America as well. Primarily an author of alternative independent comics, he is also a painter and musician. Compressed, Picasso-esque self-portraits have become the trademark of Kerbaj, a leading figure in the Lebanese comics and art scene. When he draws, he pushes the language of comics, and his pictures take on a unique aesthetic quality.

Kerbaj’s artistic fervour can be traced back to his family’s roots. He recently collaborated with his 84-year old mother – the renowned painter and art critic Laure Ghorayeb – for a project with the Beirut-based comic publication Samandal, the first trilingual (English, French, and Arabic) one open to contributors from abroad. Original works by Kerbaj and Ghorayeb were featured in the L’ABECEDAIRE exhibition, which ran between the 11th of March and the 10th of April at Beirut’s Galerie Janine Rubeiz.

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