Elie Khouri (Lebanon/France) is a Dubai-based collector, who over the past several years has brought together a group of emerging and established artists representing diverse international perspectives. His interests as a collector transcend specific media. Rather, Khouri is curious about how a kaleidoscopic range of works can come together to create a nuanced, multifaceted reflection of the modern world. Artists in the collection address questions of globalisation, diaspora, identity politics, and communication in the online era, as well as enduring considerations of truth, beauty, and the natural world. He is drawn to bold abstractions, thoughtful reconsiderations of the human figure, as well as works in traditional media that engage the history of painting and sculpture in fresh ways.

Having worked in advertising and media for over 30 years, Elie is currently the CEO of Omnicom Media Group, the media services division of the global marketing communications company Omnicom Group in the Middle East.

Elie is an ardent support of the regional and global art community, including as an Art Dubai patron, member of the Tate Middle East and North Africa Acquisitions Committee (MENAAC), MoMA Director’s Council, as well as a supporter of various publishing projects.

Having set up the Elie Khouri Art Foundation (EKAF), during his residency at Delfina, Elie will be working to develop and strategise plans for a private museum in the near future.


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