Yolande Labaki, a Lebanese painter from Saida i South Lebanon, studied art history and literature at the Sorbonne University in Paris. She quickly found her passion for painting. As a self-taught artist, she was mentored by painter Florent Crommelynck in Belgium. She later completed a course at the School of Visual Arts in New York, where she discovered silkscreen and the opportunities that Photoshop has to offer for artists.
Her first personal exhibition took place in 1974 at the Palais des Beaux-arts in Brussels. Yolande Labaki has since then held both group and personal exhibitions at the Baukunst Galerie Cologne, in Frankfurt, Aachen, Düsseldorf and Beirut, among others. She also took part in “Liban – Le Regard des peintres – 200 ans de peinture libanaise”, an exposition at the Institut du monde arabe in Paris. In addition, a personal exhibition of her work took place at the Ukrainian Institute of New York.
Source: Biography on Labaki’s site.