LIVES AND WORKS
LIVES AND WORKS
Dana Hassan was born in Beirut amid
civil war and political instability. She still lives and works in a city that
she loves despite everything. Dana’s passion for art began earlier in her
childhood where she used to spend summertime with her family at a small village
in Mount Lebanon,”Ain Wa Zein”, sketching with a piece of charcoal under a
tree, some of Rodin’s sculptures. She grew that love for art throughout the
years with some encouragement from her teachers at school. Even after
completing her BA in Business Administration at the American University of
Beirut, she resumed her art studies at the Académie Libanaise des Beaux Arts
(ALBA) where she completed her BA in Illustration and Comics.
Dana works today at the intersection of illustration and storytelling. As a communication consultant, she believes that art can be a powerful way to communicate and engage with communities on global matters by making a strong impact, changing perceptions, or calling for action.
In October 2019, Dana was shortlisted among 15 international artists to help raise awareness on the impacts of disaster and environmental changes on communities and societies. Today, her latest work, If Not Now, When? is showcased at The Art of Resilience curated exhibition at the World Bank's headquarter-Washington DC before taking off to Singapore in May 2020.
Dana was, also, a second prize winner at The International Festival of Comics in Beirut in 2004.
Passionate about helping her community through social work, her dedication to the Rotaract Club of Beirut –a Rotary International youth program– has earned her several awards such as the Paul Harris Rotary Foundation Pin (2008); the Rotaract 2450 International Understanding Award (2008); and The Best Volunteer Award (2002).
Most importantly, Dana enjoys sharing and teaching art to young children as she believes that art plays a fundamental role in shaping creative minds. When away from work, she spends her time on the yoga mat with her two little daughters. She also spares some of her evenings and weekends to do her art – painting with acrylics on big scale canvas.
WHO I AM
A Levantine illustrator and storyteller living in a city that I love despite everything.
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