Etel Adnan (b. 1925, Beirut) is a poet, essayist and visual artist, working in various mediums such as painting, film and tapestry. Adnan currently alternates between living and working in Paris and Sausalito, California. She studied Philosophy at the University of Paris followed by pursuing graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley and Harvard University. In 2014 Adnan was named a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French government.
"I think of my paintings as one surface after another, each calling for a new decision consistent with what's actually there. I paint in a state that is half-awake and half-asleep, deeply engrossed within my own mind."