Born in 1961, self-taught Lebanese painter Flavia Codsi worked as interior designer before starting to paint the ruins of her native city, Beirut, towards the end of the Lebanese civil war. Between 1994 and 1996, she won three consecutive prizes from the Sursock Museum’s Salon d’Automne in Lebanon. Since the late nineties, Codsi has exhibited and participated in numerous collective exhibitions, in Sharjah, Dubai, Sydney and London, where she was notably featured in Lebanon, the Artists’ View II, in 2004. She was awarded the first prize of the Lebanese Diaspora International Art Exhibition in Beirut in 2010. Her realist oil on canvas works reveal the subtle sensitivities of her life-size characters.