Ouisam is an artist who transcribes a story onto canvas in an elegant, simple yet complex form.
Antoine Karam, MD.
Ouisam Melhem is a painter and sculptor. The hallmark of his art is the representation of five main elements, represented as the algorithm of life: The Human, The City, The Crown, The Bird, The Cloud.
Ouisam’s unique work was selected to be exhibited as a featured artist at the Peoria Riverfront Museum, in the USA from November 30th, 2021 to January 9th, 2022; as one of his art work was officially accepted at the permanent collection of the museum.
Most recently, he exhibited solo shows:
“Emancipation” at Art on 56th Gallery in Beirut (June / July 2020),
“Simulacrum” at arthaus beirut (April 7-10, 2021),
“Cognitive Algorithms” at KAF Art Gallery (June 2021),
“Another Algorithm” at Batroun Art Fair with the coordination of KAF Art Gallery (August, 2021),
“ 33 Seconds Of Unconsciousness” at Arthaus Beirut (November 2021),
“Chit Chat” Zoha’s Art Space Beirut (April 2022),
“Traveling In Absurdity” at Kelimat Art Gallery Istanbul (May 2022)
Lebanese, born in 24.07.1974, architect, landscape designer, and artist, currently exploring dif-ferent contemporary themes through the processes of sketching and painting. Ouisam holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and a Master of Arts in Landscape Urbanism. He has an experi-enced journey working for over than 15 years as Senior Architect at Nadim Karam and Hapsitus Architects in Beirut and educating at the American University of Beirut.
Ouisam says: “Art is a fantasy, a poetic consilience, a possibility of realizing an utopian vision for the coming future.”
Algorithm Of Life
5 Elements, each of which I consider essential in our life as human beings, are the main focus of my work. They all compliment each other and none has meaning nor value just by itself.
Power makes us stronger and enables us to overcome challenges in our lives. It dictates how we think, behave and act. Without it we are mentally obsolete.
Represents freedom and mobility.
Humans strive to achieve this when they seek to set thenselves free from taboos, habits and rou-tine.
We all need dreams to achieve a successful future and free ourselves from our past.
Is the sense of belonging – our identity.
Without it humans are lost, falling into emptiness.
Without the human, the 4 other elements are meaningless.
The human is the “Catalyser” of all existence.
All combined create what I call the algorithm of life…