About The Artist

Vian Shamounki Borchert I am an expressionist artist. I  consider all my artwork to be visual poems. My work is mainly abstract expressionist, and  expressionistic figurative artwork.

In my latest abstract expressionistic paintings, I created my own world of what I see fit that falls into making an aesthetically pleasing abstract composition. The work is based on my imagination and my appreciation to the nature that surrounds me. I wanted the art to spring from my imagination and my brains, while the art educator in me looks very carefully at these paintings and makes sure that the composition in all its entity such as color, form, structure, texture come together to make a successful and balanced work. In my abstract work, I wanted to create the kind of abstract art that I like to see when I visit galleries and museums. Thus, I strongly feel I created my own abstract movement and vision that is pure and honest. Most importantly, I aim to explore my subconscious and how it looks when it comes out on canvas. I strongly feel for a work of art to be effective, it has to come from someone's absolute own experience and innermost vision. I am also an avid lover of nature, I consider nature to be the truest and best artist, and I do find nature to be one of my ultimate inspirations.

In my figurative work, I paint the figure in an expressionistic way with emphasis on the portrait, the twist and position of the body, hands and the certain mood that the colors of the painting give the figure. My artwork illustrates the physiological state of being of the figure. I consider myself an artist of feelings. I paint the deep emotions that occupy the mind and sometimes clutter the mind. Feelings such as love, despair and uncertainty are some of the emotions that I depict in my work.

I consider each of my paintings as a visual poem: a poem of love, a poem of hope, a poem of melancholy – poems that depict and capture the expression and the mood of the figure.

My aim with my artwork is to to transcend the viewer into another realm – a thoughtful and intellectual realm..


Vian Shamounki Borchert is an award-winning contemporary artist who has shown both internationally and nationally in many groups and solo exhibitions. The National Gallery of Fine Arts in Amman has her artwork in their permanent collection. Vian is a graduate and notable alumni from The Corcoran College of Art and Design at the George Washington University, Washington, D.C. and has a Master Web Design degree.

Vian's expressionistic and abstracted art illustrates a poetic mood and a thoughtful journey in the world of painting. Vian's artwork has been on exhibit in “Art Basel Miami Beach” at “Specturm Miami” in 2016 and 2017. Also, Vian's artwork has been on display at the United Nations General Assembly, Public Lobby Gallery, NYC, NY. She also exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions in places such as:

  • The Corcoran Gallery of Art
  • The French Cultural Center in Amman, Jordan
  • Georgetown University Medical Center
  • MOCA - Museum of Contemporary Art in Georgetown
  • Cairo Amman Bank Art Gallery
  • Strathmore Mansion
  • Maryland Federation of Art's (MFA) Circle Gallery
  • Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Amman, Jordan
  • The Stone Tower in Glen Echo Park
  • The Yellow Barn Gallery
  • Georgetown Harbour, Washington, DC
  • DC Arts Center
  • (e)merge Art Fair, Washington, DC
  • United Nations General Assembly
  • Malmason, Georgetown, Washington, DC
  • Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown, Washington D.C
  • Nuit Blanche DC
  • Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Cultural Foundation in Dubai, U.A.E.
  • Popcorn Gallery, Glen Echo Park
  • Butterfly Fine Art Gallery, Manchester, UK
  • Art & Sol Studios Gallery, Wynwood Art District, Miami
  • The Monroe Trust Artist Collective, Washington, DC
  • Art Basel Miami Beach, SPECTRUM, bG Gallery
  • L2 Lounge, Washington DC
  • Art All Night, Washington D.C.
  • Aureo Roma Gallery, Rome
  • Gaithersburg Arts Barn Gallery
  • Art Basel Miami Beach, SPECTRUM, Irreversible Projects
  • The Framer's Choice Gallery
  • bG Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
  • Elizabeth James Gallery, London, UK
  • FACTORY, Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Amman, Jordan
  • Gallery 104, New York, NY
  • Laguna Art Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
  • Art Gallery Wiesbaden, Germany
  • Park View Gallery, Glen Echo, Maryland
  • Van Der Plas Gallery, New York City
  • New Spire Stage, Frederick
  • LA Art Show, LA
  • DISTRICT Arts, Maryland
  • Zara Gallery, Amman, Jordan
  • Caravan
  • Kyo Gallery, Alexandria, VA
  • Gestalt Projects by bG Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
  • 1stdibs, New York City, NY
  • west elm Bethesda
  • LA Art Show 2020
  • Gallery Underground, Arlington, VA

Vian has been part of many DC Art Events such as “Art Metamorphosis”, “Midsummer Night's Dream”, both in Georgetown, DC and “Paint The Music” at Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC. Vian contributes and writes art articles for Gaithersburg “Patch”.

Her artwork has been featured in numerous national and international press such as The Washington Post, “DC Modern Luxury” magazine, The Huffington Post, NPR's Art Beat, The Gazette, The Town Courier, The Washington Report, MC Insight magazine, HERLIFE Magazine DC, MANIERA District Magazine, Aesthetica Magazine and others...

  • MC Insight, Maryland
  • Gaithersburg Patch
  • Gazette Net
  • Washington Post, Washington, D.C.
  • Huffington Post
  • National Public Radio, NPR
  • Modern Luxury Magazine, Washington, D.C.
  • Wikipedia
  • Washington Examiner, Washington, D.C.
  • Potomac Almanac
  • The Gazette
  • ArtNerd, New York
  • HERLIFE Magazine
  • Aesthetica Magazine, UK
  • Linked In
  • Maniera District Magazine
  • Al Rai Newspaper, Amman, Jordan
  • DCW50 TV, Washington, D.C.
  • NOTEY Figurative Artists
  • NBC4 TV, Washington, D.C.
  • Miami Art Scene, Miami, Florida
  • CultureCapital & Humanities D.C.
  • Bethesda Magazine
  • The Georgetowner, Washington, D.C.
  • The Town Courier, Gaithersburg, MD
  • Culture Spot MC
  • Al Arabi TV, London
  • Potomac Almanac Newspaper, Potomac, Maryland
  • MSN News
  • New York City Patch
  • American Artist
  • GW Corcoran School of Arts
  • The Digital Dash
  • ArtRabbit
  • Painter Legend
  • Elan Magazine, North Virginia
  • Artist Spotlight by iCanvas
  • Share Human Creativity
  • Artist Portfolio Magazine
  • Dart International Magazine

Borchert currently teaches art classes to adults in Watercolor painting and Drawing at The Yellow Barn Studio at Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo in Maryland, USA.