Born and schooled in Germany, Martin Giesen studied art history at Heidelberg University. After interning at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and completing a PhD, Giesen entered into a career of university teaching. He has taught in Lebanon (AUB 1973-85), Saudi Arabia, Canada (1986-97), and most recently in the United Arab Emirates, where he was founding dean of the School of Architecture & Design at the American University of Sharjah. For some 30 years, Giesen has produced and exhibited watercolor paintings documenting the impact of development on the human environment. His work has been shown in solo exhibits in Lebanon, Germany, Canada and the UAE. David Tannous of Art in America has called Giesen a “contemporary orientalist.” John Munro and Samir Sayegh authored monographs, published in 1984 and 1995 on Giesen’s Lebanese watercolors.
2012 Sharjah Art Museum
2010 Abu Dhabi Art Fair
2009 Souk an Najjarin, Beirut
2008 Art Paris Abu Dhabi, Emirates Palace
2006 XVA Gallery, Dubai; Sharjah Art Museum;
2000, 2004 Sharjah Art Museum
1989 Westend Gallery, Edmonton
1988, 91 Wallace Galleries, Calgary
1987 Galerie Sagert, Berlin
1987, 88, 90, 91, 92 University of Alberta, Canada
1981,83,88,93,95,96, 2006 Galerie Epreuve d’Artiste, Beirut
Work held in Selected Public and Corporate Collections
Alberta Art Foundation; American University of Beirut; American University of Sharjah; AMOCO; ARAMCO; Banque Audi; Dubai Municipality; Government of Alberta; H. H. Sheikha Fatima Bint Moubarak; H.H. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed al Qassimi; Interprovincial Pipeline; NYNEX; President’s Office, Republic of Lebanon; Prime Minister’s Office, Republic of Lebanon; Rafik Hariri Collection; Sun Life; University of Alberta.