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Artist's Statement

My art is somewhere beyond our world, a self created place, and a mixture of different cultures creatively painted on canvas. It is a serene place where one would aspire to be, far from the rubbish existing in this world where mankind has disturbed what our greatest God has created.

With my various travels, journeys, and cultural experiences, I felt like creating a new world of my own, a world where there is only love, peace, happiness, faith, forgiveness, and understanding. In my art, you find freedom, peace, and joy, a place where one dreams to reach to.

My art is a world with no restrictions, nor distractions. It is a free world.

Warm and cool colors, with luminescence uniting the two color schemes, are painted into abstractions where they amazingly complement one another.

My art is beyond my description. It is, in fact, another gift from God. Images on my canvas are creations by Him, but only using my hand. For this, I am thankful as always.


“By eliminating the representational in her painting Ms. Ayoub's landscapes are rich and passionate spiritual worlds where color and form are the central focus. She has a beautiful way of handling color and her painterly brushwork adds an expressive quality." -Josephine Martins, Curator, Museum of Nebraska Art, 2003

“I have viewed Roula’s works with much interest. Her paintings are quite beautiful. There is a luminescence and spirituality evident in all her works. And beautiful use of gesture and color." -Preston Haskell, Jacksonville, Florida, America’s top 100 collectors, Art & Antiques Magazine March 2003.

Roula Ayoub’s abstract paintings have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the U.S. and abroad, including the Appleton Museum of Art in Florida; the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts in Amman, Jordan; the JHS Gallery in Taos, New Mexico (USA); and the Galerie Espace Lucrèce in Paris, France.

In addition, her work is is in public and corporate collections including those of the Beirut International Airport and the Bank Audi Art Collection in Beirut, Lebanon. Museum collections include those of the Museum of Fine Arts at Florida State University in Tallahassee Florida and the Sharjah Art Museum in UAE.

Roula was born in 1964 in Monrovia, Liberia, West Africa. She received her M.S. in Interior Design and Fine Arts with honorable mention from Florida State University.

Select Exhibitions

Faqra, Colors of Love & Peace, Faqra, Lebanon
Unesco Palace, "Scream", Beirut, Lebanon
Bethania Exhibition, Harissa Hill, Lebanon
JHS Gallery, Taos, New Mexico, USA
Bristol Hotel, Noel Au Bristol, Beirut, Lebanon
Bethania Harissa Center, Harissa Hill, Lebanon
Galerie Farra, Beirut, Lebanon
Norfolk Arts Center, Norfolk, NE
Noah's Ark Art Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
Chasen Galleries of Fine Art, Richmond, Virginia
Galerie Espace Lucrece, Paris, France
Byblos Sculpture Garden, Invitational, Byblos, Lebanon
Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala, Florida
Melange Art Gallery, Fort Worth, Texas
Kulturzentrum, Jounieh, Lebanon
Gallery 92, Fremont, NE
Carnegie Arts Center, Alliance, NE
Arte Las Americas Galeria, Houston, Texas
State of the Art Gallery, Beirut
Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah, UAE
Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Nebraska City, NE
Coutts Memorial Museum of Art, El Dorado, Kansas
(Juried by Andrea Spaulding Norris, Director of Spencer Museum of Art)
Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum, Istanbul, Turkey
Governor’s Mansion, Lincoln, Nebraska
Louisville Art Gallery, Invitational, Louisville, NE
Galerie Farra, Beirut
Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Amman, Jordan
Artuel, Beirut, Lebanon
French & Francophonie Fine Art, Dubai, UAE
Artuel, Beirut
Artexpo New York
Artexpo Miami
Galerie Le Cygne, Dubai, UAE
Majlis Gallery, Muscat, Oman
Arabian Collection Gallery, Khobar, Saudi Arabia
State of the Art Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
Index Dubai, Dubai, UAE
Burkholder Project, Lincoln, Nebraska
FINE, Place Des Martyrs, Beirut, Lebanon
Futuroscope Art & Interior, Beirut, Lebanon
Galerie Bekhazi, Beirut, Lebanon
FINE, Place Des Martyrs, Beirut, Lebanon
Art Deco, Beirut, Lebanon
La Mode Gallery, Monrovia, Liberia
Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
Union College, Juried Exhibition, Lincoln, Nebraska
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska

Select Recognition

Art Business News, Emerging Artist, p 45, Sept 2007
ALO Magazine, "Painting A Dream", p 99-100, Jan-Mar 2007
NewTV, Icon of Love VIII appearance on Akeed Maestro with Nishan, Oct 18, 2006
Art Business News, Joy of Life, June 2006
Guide to Freedom, Interview, "Flying High with Freedom", July 2005
Art Business News, “Celebrating Mother and Child, paintings by Roula G. Ayoub”, April 2005.
La Revue Du Liban, "Roula Ayoub au Kulturzentrum... fragments d'une vie", Mar 26 - Apr 2 2005, by Art Critic Sonia Nigolian.
Al Bayt Al Methaly (magazine), Kuwait, March 2005 issue.
Invitational, The Presidential Palace, The First Lady of Lebanon Andree Lahoud, Dec 15, 2004.
Nebraska Magazine, “Ayoub Paints a Free World on Canvas”, Andrea Cranford, Winter 2004 issue.
Alsumaria (TV), 45 minute interview by Maha Salma along with Marwan Khoury, Nov 4, 2004.
Art World News (magazine), New York, Oct 2004
Nebraska City News Press, “Governor’s Mansion Art Tour”, Sept. 22, 2004.
Al Balad (newspaper), Beirut, Oct 2004
NBN (TV), Interview by Rabia Zayyat, Sept 2004
Noun (magazine), Sept 2004, Jul 2004
L’Hebdo (magazine), “Lumiere de Vie”, July 16, 2004
NBN TV, Interview by Milad Hadchiti, July 2004.
Catalog of the 2003 Art from the Heartland Regional Exhibit and the National Juried Art Exhibit.
58th Edition of Who’s Who in America, 2004
Postcard Collection for the Coutts Museum, “Blue Flame”, Juror Selection, Sept 4, 2003
LBC (TV), July 2004, Jun 2003
Lincoln Journal Star, “Volcanic Palette”, Feb 16, 2003
Daily Nebraskan (newspaper), “3 Worlds of Color”, Jan 31, 2003
Cedar Wings (magazine), Dec 2002
Fairuz Liban (magazine), Mar 2001, Oct 1998
LBC TV Interview by Gracia Breidi at State of the Art Gallery, Feb 2, 2001
Installation of “Eternal Sunrise”, Mosaic Sculpture, Mansourieh, Lebanon, 2000
Beirut Times, Los Angeles, Mar 2000
Snob Alhasna (magazine), Feb 1999
Look Décor (magazine), Jan 1999
Beaute Décor, Jamalouki (magazine), May 1998
Tele-Liban TV Interview by Said Ghorayeb, Dec 10, 1997
Lincoln Journal Star, “Rocky Mountains”, Apr 20, 1997
Lamasat Decoration (magazine), Mar 1997


1988, MS, Interior Design and Fine Art, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
1987, Jewelry Design Enameling, Renowned Artist and Prof. William Harper, Florida State University
1986, Art Education, Renowned Artist and Prof. James McClelland, Union College, Lincoln, Nebraska
1985, BS, Interior Design, Minor in Art, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
1982, Art Education, Union College, Lincoln, Nebraska

Select Collections

Nancy Ajram, Beirut
Embassy of Kazakhstan, Beirut
The Lady of Lebanon, Harissa Hill, Lebanon
Bentley Forbes, Los Angeles
Zakhem Group, Houston
Presidential Palace, Baabda, Lebanon
Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala, Florida
Museum of Fine Arts, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
Andros Museum of Modern Art, Andros, Greece
Beirut International Airport, Lebanon
Bank Audi Art Collection, Beirut
Mike Johanns
Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah, UAE
National Arbor Day Foundation, Nebraska City
Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum, Istanbul, Turkey
Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Amman, Jordan
Esteban, New York
Julia Boutros, Dubai, UAE
Le Meridien Hotel, Dubai, UAE

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