Street Art and Graffiti in Lebanon – Raydan Zebian
The tunnels, buildings, and walls in Beirut represent scars from the war our parents have lived through. Street artists, like Raydan Zebian, have succeeded in turning these dark memories into coloured masterpieces that brighten up our city. Street art has been on the rise in Lebanon recently, allowing the country to land in the 95th place on the list of ‘Top 99 graffiti Cities in the World“. By using these abandoned walls as his canvas, Raydan is one of the increasing number of artists who, luckily for us, are turning the streets of Beirut into beautiful works of art.
Name : Raydan Zebian
Writer Name: SPAZ
Crews: RBK – REK – STK
Occupation: visual communicator
Back in the days i used to doodle like everyone does at a small age, curiosity got me more into letters and figures by the time and I started practicing.
During that time I used to listen to hip hop music and thought since rappers use words to express themselves, and bboys use dance to interpret their feelings I got into graffiti as it is the easiest platform for me to project my thoughts and feelings. Having graffiti as a medium of expression I felt like I was about to speak through painting the streets especially since I feel part of this community which makes me easily inspired. I do not see myself living any other lifestyle.
I like to create characters because I think it is more like a global language that everyone can easily understand just by seeing it without putting any effort and that’s the main point of it.
The people I hang out with, the nature that surrounds me or random people socializing in the streets usually inspire me. It helps me come up with a character by looking at any shape I come across.
By time after knowing about it’s history and the variation of styles, i got influenced of course by the old school Bronx legends such as Cope2, Seen, Phase2 and Futura. From the new school there are many artists as well such as Sofles, Hombre, Mr. Wany ,Clogtwo, Katun to name a few. My artwork usually focuses on creating characters more than letters, that’s why mostly artists that draw character influence me.
spreading the spazms all over the world is the main aim.