Born 1926, Bikfaya, Lebanon; died 2004, Paris, France
Chafic Abboud studied art at the Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts, Beirut, from 1945 to 1947. Among his professors were the Lebanese artist Cesar Gemayel and the French painter Georges Cyr, two prominent figures in the foundation of the modern art movement in Lebanon. The latter introduced him to Western schools of art, and in 1947, Abboud travelled to Paris. He worked in the ateliers of a number of artists such as Fernand Leger and Andre Lhote, and studied at the École Nationale des Beaux Arts. Having settled in Paris, he participated in the Salon des Réalités Nouvelles from 1955, and in 1962, became a member of its committee. Abboud's had numerous exhibitions in France and Lebanon. He was awarded several prizes, including the Prix Victor Choquet, Paris, 1960, and the Prix du Salon d'Automne at the Sursock Museum, Lebanon, 1964.