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Galeria La Balsa, Bogota, Colombia

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Bilal Chahal Lebanese dutch painter, contemporary artist


Born in Tripoli, Lebanon 1978.

Visual and conceptual artist

Moved to Curacao, The Dutch Antilles in 1989 due to the civil war in Lebanon. On Curacao he received his first art classes and had his first sold out exhibition at Gallery 86 at the age of 15.

In 1999, The Lebanese artist Bilal Chahal moved to Amsterdam, The Netherlands where he studied at the University of Amsterdam ( Art History, Philosophy and Psychology )

For the last couple of years Chahal opened his second studio outside of Amsterdam, in Bogota, Colombia, he works with Galería La Balsa and the Museum of Modern Art Bogota. El Mambo. 

In 2019 Chahal received a development grant (Ontwikkelingsbudget) from the AFK, Amsterdamse Fonds voor de Kunsten for his project Abacus. 

He won a residency at the CEAC Chinese European Art Centre, where he worked with the Xiamen Art University, Fujian, China. 

He also received a grant from Stichting Stokroos, for artistic development. 

He was invited by the German Embassy to participate in Humboldt 250 years Exhibition together with the Goethe Institute in Bogota, Colombia. 

In September 2019 his project Abacus got a spin off in Chiasso Perduto, Florence Italy - where he showed part of his installation as well as drawings, and intervened on the walls of the gallery to elaborate his thoughts about his project, Abacus. 

His project Abacus will be shown at the OBA, the National library Amsterdam in January 2020, in collaboration with the CEAC, where he was in residency in 2019. There, he was able to create his installation of 45 white balls out of porcelain, that are now in Chahal’s Amsterdam studio, ready to be exhibited.


Layers of paint structure the canvas.



Experience & Expertise

​May 2020, Chahal will be exhibiting in the Museum of Modern Art Bogota, Colombia, El Mambo, a solo exhibition curated by the curator Eugenio Viola, with his project Emotional Abuse. 

Later in 2020 Chahal is invited to be part of the PilotenKneuche Art Residency 2020, in August and September, where he will be working on and elaborating the thoughts about Emotional Abuse of ourselves.

In October 2020 a Solo exhibition is planned at Gallery Kunst Kan … in Amsterdam, curated by Simone Swildens. 


In 2018, Chahal was responsible for the opening of the new location of Gallery La Balsa Medellin. 20/20K Hertz is a collaboration with the sound artist Diana M. Restrepo. For 20/20K Hertz, the title of the project, an electro acoustic piece was composed and performed at the opening around 4 monochromes that dominated the spaces of the exhibition, Grey - Blue - Red - White. The sound piece was composed around and through the vibration sounds / fields of these colors. 

In the same year Chahal was invited by curator Pilar Cabrera to take part in the exhibition Artes y Textieles, Tercer Salon de Arte, that was organised in Club el Nogal, Bogota, Colombia.

In 2018 Chahal took part in the exhibition of the curator Caridad Botella from NC Arte, Habitar. This exhibition was a group exhibition selected and sponsored by Idartes (to be compared with AFK, Amsterdamse Fonds voor de Kunsten), from the Local Government, and was shown in the experimental Gallery of Andres Hoffmann, Casa Hoffmann, Bogota, Colombia


Between 1994 and 2017 Chahal has been exhibiting and showing his work around the world: The Caribean, Holland, Italy, Belgium, Miami, New York etc … He has taken part in many solo and group exhibitions, his work has been shown in various Art Fairs, and has been collected around the world. 


In Collections of

  • Amsterdam Museum

  • Museo Diart Eriche, Sicily

  • Collection of Municipio Cultural Trapani, Italy

  • World Trade Centre Curacao, The Antilles 

  • In private Collection


Studio Bilal Chahal
Koelmalaan 310
1813 JE Alkmaar


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