Helen Zughaib was born in Beirut, Lebanon, living mostly in the Middle East and Europe before coming to the United States to study art at Syracuse University, earning her BFA from the College of Visual and Performing Arts.
Helen currently lives in Washington, DC, and works fulltime as an artist. She paints primarily in gouache and ink on board and canvas. More recently, she has worked with wood, shoes and cloth and mixed media installations.
Her work has been widely exhibited in galleries and museums in the United States, Europe and Lebanon. Her paintings are included in many private and public collections, including the White House, World Bank, Library of Congress, US Consulate General, Vancouver, Canada, American Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, the Arab American National Museum in Detroit and the DC Art Bank collection. She has received the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Fellowship grant in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Helen was also invited as artist in residence at both George Mason University, Virginia, creating a silkscreen with Navigation Press and Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. Her paintings have been included in several Art in Embassy exhibitions abroad, including Brunei, Nicaragua, Mauritius, Iraq, Belgium and Lebanon. Helen was invited as US Cultural Envoy through the US Department of State, to Palestine, and Saudi Arabia, as well as to Switzerland and France, under the US Department of State’s Speaker and Specialist Program. Her paintings have been gifted to heads of state by President Obama and former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.