Robert Debbane is a painter, photographer, lighting designer and installation artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. He was born in 1978 and received his BA in Studio Arts from Wesleyan University in 2000, where he spent a semester abroad in India. In 2001 he returned to India and traveled throughout Asia for a year. Debbane's interest in traditional Indian textiles and the contoured landscapes of Asian rice terraces and tea plantations have continued to inform his work. He received his MFA from Hunter College in New York in 2009. In recent work, Debbane has investigated representations of the infinite and the unknowable, taking special interest in Islamic tile patterns like those found in his ancestral home of Saida, Lebanon. He had his first solo exhibition at Alex Gallery in Washington, DC in 2005, and his work is owned by collectors internationally in New York, Beirut, and Mexico City.
Since 2011, Robert Debbane has been developing a series of 3D printed lighting designs called Lamparati. Taking inspiration from Islamic tile patterns, forms found in nature, and images of outer-space, the designs have a sculptural quality when unlit reminiscent of ancient relief sculptures. When turned on, the geometric patterns are revealed by the varying thickness of the material in a sometimes surprising and dramatic way. The lighting designs have a presence that make them the centerpiece of a space.
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