Yazan Halwani Beirut, Lebanon

I was born in Beirut in 1993. Interested in the urban culture and street arts he got involved in the underground hip hop culture after being influenced by the French hip hop scene. At 14, Yazan started producing the largest graffiti murals on the walls of Beirut, and he is now one of the youngest graffiti artists in the Middle East. He has developed a unique new style by combining Arabic calligraphy and arabesques with urban western graffiti styles. Yazan’sstreet pieces are characterized by their complexity and their size (+40 m₂), and have been featured in publications and newspapers such as: Al-Nahar, L’Orientle Jour, 7 Ayam(Egypt), Al-Jarida(Kuwait)… Yazan participated in many live graffiti events and exhibitions; most recently in January 2013 his painting in ZaytunaBay in Beirut (25mx4.8) got awarded a Guinness World Record as the “Largest Glow in The Dark Graffiti in the World”.