Vancouver-based sculptor, Marie Khouri, represents the broad multi-cultural and diverse demographic of Western Canada. Born in Egypt and raised in Lebanon, Khouri has developed a vast range of cultural and historical influences within her practice. With a childhood interrupted during the Lebanese Civil War, Khouri was relocated to Spain, Italy, and Canada, finally settling in Paris where she was classically trained in sculpture at l’École du Louvre. On her return to Vancouver, a retrospective of her life took form in her sculpture, reflecting a passion for innovation and spontaneity. 


Khouri’s work resides at the often-tenuous place between art and design, with a close integration of form and function, reminiscent of modernist thinking best epitomized by the Bauhaus School. Despite their formalist impulses, the sculptures she creates are not without feeling. Greatly influenced by Henry Moore’s idea of direct carving, Marie Khouri’s sculptures blend and extend metaphors of language, form, and the body to propose an inextricable link - both political and personal - to a life deeply affected by the complex histories of the Middle East. It is from these histories that her most evocative works emerge, rooted in a profound sense of dislocation and the search for a greater sense of place. Each sculpture is formed through an extensive hands-on process that employs traditional sculpting techniques alongside contemporary innovations in material and building standards. Her timeless and unconstrained forms remain firmly situated in the contemporary moment, pushing the barriers of the medium where the surfaces reveal the entire process and the finished sculpture reveals the evolutionary method by which it was created. 

Khouri has created over 25 public artworks worldwide, and her large-scale sculptural work is held in private collections across the globe. This year she was awarded l’Ordre national du Mérite by the French government.




2019  The Grand Tour at Abbazia di San Gregorio, Colnaghi Gallery x Chahan Minassian, Venice Biennale, Italy.

2018   BRONZE, Solo Show, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada

           Collective Design Fair, Chahan Gallery, NYC, USA

2017   Splash, Arts Umbrella, Vancouver, Canada


2016   Major Works, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada
          You and I, TED Conference DREAM, February 15 - 19, Vancouver, Canada


2015   London Design Week, Canada House in England Exhibit, London, England


           You and I, Harmony Arts Festival, Organized by the West Vancouver Museum, Canada


           FOG Design + Art, represented by Gray Gallery, San Francisco, USA


           Splash, Arts Umbrella, Vancouver, Canada


2014   Let’s Sit and Talk, Solo Show, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada


           IDS West, Vancouver, BC, Canada


2013   Wearable Sculptures, Amusingold Show, Milan, Italy


           Safar/Voyage, Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, BC, Canada


           Le Jardin en Reflets, Chahan Minassian for AD Interieurs, Paris, France


2012   ICFF, New York City, USA


           Pavilion Art and Design, Paris, France


           EDC London Minotti Design, London, England


           Compagnie Française de l’Orient et de la Chine, Paris, France


2011   ICFF, New York City, USA


           Design Week Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan


           IDS West, Vancouver, BC, Canada


           Histoire d’O, Canada Line Public Art Program, Olympic Station, Vancouver, BC, Canada


           The White Show, Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada


2010   IDS West, Vancouver, BC, Canada


2009   Le Banc, Canada Line Public Art Program, Olympic Station, Vancouver, BC, Canada


           Solo Show, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada


           Vancouver Biennale, Vancouver, BC, Canada


           IDS West, Vancouver, BC, Canada


           Private Show, Seattle, WA, USA


2008   Splash, Arts Umbrella, Vancouver, Canada


           Artists in our Midst, Vancouver, BC, Canada


2007   Un Arca Cultural, Mexico City, Mexico


           Un Arca Cultural Michoacan, Mexico


           Artists in our Midst, Vancouver, BC, Canada


2006   Salon D’Automne, Paris, France


2005   Salon D’Automne, Paris, France


2004   Salon D’Automne, Paris, France


           Salon de l’Hotel de Ville, Paris, France


           Espace du Louvre, Paris, France


           Artcurial, Paris, France





2021   The Ordre national du Mérite, awarded by France

2018   UDI Award for Excellence - Public Art Winner - Eyes On The Street, by Concert Properties


2018   Sam Sullivan’s Public Salon, Vancouver, BC

2017   Artist Lecture Series, Liquidity Gallery, Okanagan Falls, BC 


2014   Carter Wosk BC Creative Achievement Award - Recipient Furniture Design Award


2012   Western Living Design Award - Industrial Design Winner


2012   Western Living Design Award - Fashion Design Winner

2009   PechaKucha, Volume Seven, Vancouver, BC