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Country:    Lebanon]

Name              :    Hilda   Kelekian

Date of Birth  :   8th of  June,  1961

Marital Status:   Married to Architect Georges Darido (mother of triplets)

Nationality       :  Lebanese & Cypriot

 Languages       :   English, Arabic, Italian, French, Armenian                     

Address Art    : Kelekian Art Gallery, Garnet bldg. 1st fl.   

                                   Caracas st., Metn, Zalka, Lebanon                               

Address office: Kokosport uniforms ,dora bourjhamoud,yezbic buld.1st fl.

Mailing address :  P.O.Box 11 9691, Beirut, Lebanon   

 Profession Art    

  • Artist painter specialized in Islamic calligraphy, Arabesque & Christian scenes from the Bible and Christian prayers on parchment  
  • Interior Architect/Designer
  • Artist painter in abstract style
  • Specialized in textile design  
  • Owner of the Kokosport Uniforms Company in Beirut for textile & manufacturing of professional clothing.
  • Organizer/curator of International Art Exhibitions.
  • President of several nongovernmental organizations in Beirut & foreign countries.

Profession at KOKOSPORT

Professional clothing for industrial,,hotels,restaurants,medical,hospital, schools, scouts and advertizing garments


1985    Bachelor in Sciences in Fine Arts and Interior Architecture from Beirut University College BUC (now LAU)  

            Research on parchments and treatment of goat skin and cow skin to receive special

            paint and gilding techniques that she uses for a paitinated final effect of her

            calligraphy artworks

1988   D.S.T. in Textile, Design & modeling from Taraky College for Textile

 Private Exhibitions:

Lebanon, Beirut, Station des Arts 1992/93/95/97

France, Grand Palais, Paris & Lyon 1993/94/96

Sultanate of Oman, Al Bustan, 1995

KSA,Qatar,Aboudaby  1996

Spain , Palma De Mallorca, Museo Ses Voltes, 1998

Greece, Rhodes, Museum of the Great Masters, 2000/02

USA,  New York, Boston, Los Angeles 2001/2003/2009

Korea, Joeluboek Do, FIFA 2002 FAE, 2002/2003

Aleppo, Teshrine hall, 2002

Egypt, Cairo, Opera house gallery Al Hanajer, 2005

UK , London , Kensington Town Hall, 2006

Bosnia & Herzegovina, Sarajevo, Sarajevo Tribina, 2007

               Malaysia, Penang/Georgetown Town Hall (Unesco heritage), 2009

Greece, Crete, Rouvas Museum, Gergeri, 2009, 2010

Samothrace, Apotheca Museum, 2010                      

Collective Exhibitions  :

Has exhibited  in 165 exhibitions in International exhibitions, biennales , salons  and museums ,all over the world since 1987 , in 45 countries

Abou dabi                     

               Argentina                      ( Buenos Aires),

Belgium                        (Michellin, Brugges),

Brazil                            (Florianopolis, Rio De Jenairo)

Bosnia & Herzegovina (Sarajevo, Pojiteil, Banja Luka)

Canada                          (Ontario, Ottawa),

Denmark                       (Copenhagen),

Germany                       (Hamburg),

Greece                          (Athens, Rhodes, Crete, Samothrace)

Japan                             (Osaka, Sapporo),

Ksa                                (jeddeh)

Korea                            ( Jeola Buk Do, Seoul FIFA world cup games 2002)

Kuwait                          (Kuwait City),

Lebanon                        (Beirut, Saida)

Mexico                         (Mexico city)

Malaysia                       (Penang)

France                           (Paris, Lyon, Cannes, St. Raphael, Les Issambres, Revin, Deauville, Touques, Ardenne, Perigieux),

Sultanate of Oman        (Muscat),

Poland                          (Czestochowa)

Italy                              (Milano,Napoli, Venice,Calgiari, Savona, Torreghlia, Udine)

  Qatar                            Doha

Russia                           (Moscow)

Saudi Arabia                 (Jeddah),

Syria                             (Aleppo),

Spain                            (Madrid, Palma De Mallorca, Barcelona), 

Sweden                         (Stockholm)

U.A.E.                          (Abou Dhabi)

United Kingdom           (London, Samlesbury)

U.S.A.                           (Washington D.C., New York, Illinois, California, Oregon,

                                                  Chicago, North Carolina, Utah, Minnesota, Ohio, Virginia, LA)

Zimbabwe                    (Harare).

Medals, Awards and Distinctions:

  1. The Sixteen Rayed Star of Macedonia, from the Greek Government for conservation and restoration achievements done in Macedonia.

            1994   “La Toile D’Or” , France

  1. 5    Honorary Gold Medal of The Biennal of Artists, Stockholm, Sweden

            1995   ‘Createur D’aujourd’hui’, selected for the contribution to the artistic                    

                        heritage of the epoch, from the “Federation National de la Culture


            1996     “Artist de la Communeaute Europeenne”, selected for the artistic creations.

            1996     Medaille d’Or De Prestige, France

1996     Laureat  Du  “Merite Et Devouement Francais”, France

            1997    Selected for The Title International Writers & Artists Ass. Ohio, USA

            1998    Selected for The Outstanding People of the 20thc., Cambridge, UK

            2000    Selected for “The Outstanding Designer of the 20th c.” Cambridge, UK  

2009   Honorary award of Penang Georgetown Unesco Heritage city, Malaysia 

 Museums:  permanent display of her works

  1. Billy Graham Museum of  Sacred Art, Illinois, USA
  2. The Dove Museum , N. Carolina, USA
  3. Musee Nicholas Sursock, Beirut, Lebanon
  4. National Museum For Women In The Arts, Wachington D.C., USA
  5. Postkunst Museum, Denmark
  6. Museum of Arbeit, Hamburg, Germany
  7. Steitlich Museum, Belgium
  8. Museum of International Contemporary Art , Brazil
  9. Museu Maritimo, Barcelona
  1.   Museu Guadalupana, Mexico

2009 Rouvas Museum, Gergeri, Crete, Greece

2010 Samothrace Municiapal Museum, Greece.

Museum shop Designer items

Beirut National Museum; neckties specially designed arabesque forms.

Acquisitions of artworks by :

H.M. Queen Sophia of Spain, Dr. Billy Graham; USA, Presidents from Europe, ambassadors, art critics artists and art collectors.

Member of the following NGO’s in Lebanon & all over the world

  • Femme Art Mediterranee FAM, for promotion of peace through arts, aegis UNESCO
  • MEADOWS (Mediterranean Endeavors Advancing Development of Widespread     

Sustainability), member, Headquarters Lebanon branches in Greece, Cyprus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, China & UK

  • LAU Alumni Executive committee & Association Counsel member 1997-2006
  • Friends of the AUB Museum, member
  • Association Beyrouth Patrimoine, Lebanon 1992
  • Societaire in Joella Buk Do , Seoul , Korea , 1997
  • Urban City Planning for Sapporo city, in the group of environmental designers, Japan          
  • Assosiation International Des Arts Plastique, UNESCO, Paris since 1992                                  
  • Federation National de la Culture Francaise, France since 1995
  • Mouvement Culturel – Antelias, chairperson of the Book Fair 1990-94 , chairperson of the publishing department, Chairperson of the Arts Committee, 1985 until 1997.


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