Born in 1987 in the city of Tripoli, Lebanon
Worked with the United Nations until she quit her job to become a full-time artist
Hayat is most well-known for her street art during the Lebanese Revolution.
Some of her artworks are:
Prior to dedicating myself to art, I had been active within the humanitarian scene in Lebanon since my teenage years.
Driven by a need to create change in the world, I perused a career in humanitarian work with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), as well as represented Lebanon across the world through my role at the Lebanese Ministry of Social Affairs as part of the team working on the dossiers of Syrian Refugees.
Despite my efforts, I felt restrained and unfulfilled in governmental posts and unable to fulfill my desire to connect with the community and give them a voice, which is why I resigned in 2017 from my position to embark on a journey as a full-time artist to make a greater impact.
Through multi-layered artistic endeavors, I attempt to tackle several seemingly separate yet interconnected matters at once. Even though I no longer am part of formal humanitarian organizations, my primary passion and the propeller of my creative process is humanitarian and community-driven at heart.
My work is derived from dreams, aspirations, and visions while touching on social issues within Lebanese society. All of my artistic endeavors are the result of community-driven efforts conceived as collaborative goals between otherwise unacquainted individuals, thus creating a sense of cross-societal integration — including marginalized individuals.
In doing so, I create more than just paintings and sculptures; but rather inclusive and purposeful collaborations that bring the community closer while raising awareness on unconscious consumerism, solid waste pollution, up-cycling, and waste management through sculptural work predominantly sourced from discarded materials, thus shedding light on the circular motion in which we live in where we dispose of waste instead of creating something new.
Since then, my paintings and up-cycled sculptures have spread their wings across eight countries: Lebanon, Monaco, UK, Geneva, Italy, UK, USA, UAE, and Egypt.
I intend to continue creating change through art and am currently developing projects to expand my outreach and capacity to make a difference.
My focus remains on social integration, livelihoods, and freedom of expression while promoting art therapy, upcycling, and waste management.
My goal is to create a positive impact through art by inspiring as many people as possible to overhaul the current political system in Lebanon, fight for equality, people’s rights, freedom, and basic human needs.
On a personal level, I wish to encourage people to follow their dreams, do good, help others, love themselves, and make peace.
I believe my purpose in life is to use every breathing second to make a tiny change in the world before my time in this world ends.