Rayan Yasmineh freely appropriates the codes of art history, consciously fluctuating between the perpetuation of tradition and the breach of conventions. In his portraits he combines Middle Eastern culture, mythologies and iconography with contemporary Western identities. His paintings bring together a profusion of ornamental details and shimmering colors with a masterful construction of lines and planes. By introducing anachronistic, contemporary and everyday life references among the profusion of ornamental details of Oriental heritage, or by using oil paint in the manner of the Flemish old masters, he intertwines techniques and representations of supposedly opposite worlds. His practice revives the tradition of the exuberant gardens of Persian miniature, characterized by the abundance of elements, the association of a precise drawing and pure colors. On the other hand, the deep work of the landscape, and especially the mountains in atmospheric perspective, brings his paintings closer to Western tradition.
“The expression of this double iconography in my work is the manifestation of a plural identity, Arab and European, which breaks with the supposed adversity of the concepts of East and West.” – Yasmineh
Ryan Yasmineh is a graduate of the Villa Arson Nice, and a Master’s student at the Beaux-Arts de Paris.
His work has been shown in group exhibitions at the Institut des Cultures d’Islam, Paris (2022), the Beaux-Arts de Paris (2022), and Poush Manifesto, Paris (2021). He has been awarded the Lefranc Bourgeois Prize, the Carré sur Seine Prize and the Hatvany Collective Prize. In 2021 he received, alongside Nils Vandevenne, the call for projects from the Ministry of Culture for a public commission as part of the Camus project.