wassphoto-50_bwSamir Sammoun was born in 1952 in a quaint Lebanese village perched atop the Chouf Mountain, 40 km south of Beirut. To this day, the artist vividly recalls the colourful Mediterranean landscape of his childhood. At age 21, Samir immigrated to Canada where he obtained degrees in electronic engineering and telecommunications. Since graduation, he has pursued his professional career as well as his passion, painting.

Chris Klimantiris, who began representing Samir Sammoun in 1996, provides an eloquent reaction to the artists work. The first time that I saw Samirs paintings, I was fascinated by his refined technique. I felt like a time traveler, transported to turn-of-the-century Paris and the Impressionists.wassphoto-83_BW

Samir Sammoun's originality and unique style have caught the attention of viewers, collectors and art lovers in Canada and the United States. When he first showed his work at ArtExpo in New York in 1996, the reaction was immediate and positive. Robert L. Mooney, Director of the Galleries J.R. Mooney, San Antonio, Texas wrote the following: "J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art has had the pleasure of representing the artwork of Samir Sammoun to our collectors in the southwestern U.S. for the last two years. The fresh colorful impressionistic renditions presented in his artwork have been received with unprecedented enthusiasm... Samir is a fresh and exciting talent depicting the landscapes he sees in rich colours with his own wonderfully unique impressionistic style."

Samir Sammoun's work is on permanent display in the following galleries: Galerie Klimantiris, St. Laurent, QC; Galleries J.R. Mooney of Fine Art, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A. He is listed in The Biennial Guide to Canadian Artists in Galleries published by MAGAZINART.


In Permanent Gallery Representation:exhibition_02



Solo Exhibitions:exhibition_01

  • Latino American Museum, Pomona, LA California, July 2008
  • Gallery d'Orsay, Boston, October 2007
  • Exhibition at the Art Gallery of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, October to November 2005
  • Gallery dOrsay, Boston, October 2005
  • Chasen Galleries, Richmond, Viginia, December 2005, January 2003 and 2004, October 2002,
  • J.R. Mooney Galleries San-Antonio November 2004, May 2007
  • Retrospective exhibition at the Marc-Aurèle Fortin Museum,Montréal, November 2003 to January 2004
  • Palm Springs, California, 2003
  • Décor Expo, Atlanta, 2002
  • Artagraphix Art Gallery, West Lake Village, Los Angeles, June to July 2002
  • Salon des Galeries dArt, Montréal, 2000
  • ArtExpo, New York 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
  • Gallery Klimantiris, Montréal, Québec, 1997
  • Gallery Centre dArt Monrency, Montréal, Québec, 1994
  • Salon des Galeries dArt, Place Bonaventure, Montréal, Québec, 1995


Group Exhibitions:

  • Viewpoints & Vistas, Gallery D'Orsay, 2012
  • Montreal City Hall, June 2005
  • Plasttsburgh State University Art Museum, April 2002
  • McCord Museum, Montréal, February to March 2002
  • Collectors Editions ArtExpo, New York, 2001,2002
  • Caza, Longueuil, Québec, 1999
  • Galeries Ozias Leduc, Montréal, 1998
  • CAPSQ, Dorval, Québec, 1992
  • CAPI, Italie, 1993
  • Montréal 1988, 1989


Samir Sammoun and the President of Lebanon

Awards & Honours:

  • Fine Art Magazine, Samir Sammoun 1,000 Years of Peace, Painting Champ de moutarde, selected for front cover, Spring 2004
  • Received by the President of Lebanon, His Excellency Emil Lahoud, in the Presidential Palace in Baabda. Donated painting, Olive Grove, to hang in the Palace.
  • Palm Spring, 2003, Champ de moutarde selected for back cover
  • Decor Expo Atlanta, 2002, Painting Champ de blé selected for front cover
  • Invited Artist: Live Art Auction, Mountain Lake PBS television, Plasttsburgh, New York, April 2002
  • Invited Artist: Commissioned Painting, National Assembly Portrait, gift to the Québec Governement
  • Invited Artist: Les Ailes de la Mode, Maison des Rêves concours, 2001
  • Invited Artist: Commissioned Painting, St-Joseph Oratory Website, 1998
  • Invited Artist: St-Joseph Oratory Calender 1998, Cover Page, Montréal
  • Invited Artist: book cover, Public Health Departement, Government of Québec, April 1997
  • Honoured Invited Artist, Caza, Longueuil, Montréal, Québec, 1999
  • Honourable Mention, Concours 100 peintres, Montréal, 1992


Samir Sammoun  and the Prime Minister of Quebec

Corporate & Public Collections:

  • Government of Quebec, Office of the Premier, Quebec City, Québec
  • Presidential Palace, Beyrouth, Lebanon
  • City of Plattsburgh, New York, Office of the Mayor
  • St-Joseph Oratory Museum, Montréal, Québec
  • Lebanese Order of Engineers
  • Vidéotron, second largest cable company in Canada
  • Ayerst Laboratories, Montréal, Québec
  • Metropolitain Orchestra, Montréal, Québec
  • Novartis Pharma Canada Inc, Montréal, Québec
  • Swaby Ogilvy Renault, Montréal, Québec
  • Delta Hotel, Montréal, Québec
  • IBM, Montréal, Québec
  • Coca Cola Mexico

Also in private collections in the United States, Canada, France, and England.


Print Press:

  • Fine Art Magazine, Samir Sammoun in Montreal, Channeling Van Gogh, Enjoying the Party, Victor Forbes, Winter 2006
  • Fine Art Magazine, Samir Sammoun Fields of Faith, Groves of Gratitude, Victor Forbes, Spring 2004
  • Fine Art Magazine, Samir Sammoun Walking with Giants, Victor Forbes, Spring 2003
  • MAGAZINART, October 2000, Samir Sammoun a Class Act, Samir Sammoun Artiste Peintre de Grande Classe
  • Bibliothèque Nationale du Québec
  • National Library of Canada
  • Samir Sammoun, Artiste Peintre de classe internationale, Pierre H. Savignac, 1996


Samir Sammoun Fox TV Interview

Media Coverage:

  • Mountain Lake PBS, Landscape Escape, USA 2003, 2004, 2005
  • Lebanese Media, Reportage on visit to the Lebanese President
  • LBC Television 2003
  • La maison des rêves, Les Ailes de la Mode, éditions 2001, 2002, 2003
  • Magazine Immaginaire, May 1999, Samir Sammoun lart de nous imprégner des atmosphères hyper-impressioniste
  • TVQ, Montréal Télévision Quatre Saison, Maison des rêves, Les Ailes de la Mode, 2001
  • CBC Canada 2005, 5 sur 5
  • The Montreal Gazette, website, St-Joseph Oratory, 1997
  • Lebanese Television, 1997, Coverage of solo exhibition at Klimantiris Gallery
  • Lebanese Television, 1994, Coverage of solo exhibition at Centre dart Morency