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.
"Trusting your own instincts is key. You trust that what you're doing is not just colors and shapes but the construction of something that transcends them. Painting, like music, is its own language, so you trust it and let go."