Haidar Hamaoui was a Lebanese artist who was born in 1937 and who died in 2013 . He was a painter. He is known for his paintings which he did not paint with a brush but with a thin piece of plastic. In 1960 he opened his own art school. He developed his own style and was known as a somewhat controversial artist in Beirut. Controversial in that it revolutionized the speed of painting. He is a showman who captivates an audience by demonstrating his fast painting technique using just a small piece of plastic board instead of brushes. His astute talent gives him the confidence to represent any subject, usually of local color that appeals to the vast majority of the audience.