February 2nd, 2012

ART: Vian Shamounki Borchert

Published in RAW Features

I have been painting all my life, my mother is an artist and my father is an art collector. I believe I have an art gene, and even though I have considered a career in medicine in the past, I could never stray too far from art.

I was born in Beirut, Lebanon and moved to Maryland at age 14. I was always active in various art clubs at high school where I won the Scholastic Art award. Upon graduating from high school, I enrolled at The Corcoran College of Art and Design where I received a scholarship to study painting and graduated with a B.F.A.

Before becoming an art teacher, I worked as a museum assistant at the Phillips Collection and The National Gallery of Art. These museums allowed me to study the masterpieces up close.

I also lived in the Jordanian capital, Amman, and participated in solo and group exhibitions, got picked up by Jordanian and Dubai television stations for interviews about my artwork. Despite my international career, I felt strong ties to the Washington, DC area where I have put down roots.

My paintings illustrate the physiological state of being of the figure. I consider myself an artist of feelings and paint the deep emotions that occupy the mind and sometimes clutter the mind.

My artwork is in the permanent collection of places such as The National Gallery of Art in Amman, Jordan and The Jerusalem Fund Gallery, Washington D.C.

I currently teach art classes at the Arts Barn in Gaithersburg, MD and a painting class at the Yellow Barn Studio in the Spring / Summer 2012.

I will have a solo exhibition at The Yellow Barn Gallery, Glen Echo, MD March 17-18.

- Vian Borchert
Website: www.vianborchert.com
Facebook: Vian Borchert Fine Arts
Twitter: ViansArtCorner