Mony Zakhour is a Canadian artist born to immigrant Lebanese parents who established themselves as successful business owners in small town Digby, Nova Scotia. Known for their pizza and great business sense, the dream was for Mony to eventually take over and expand their restaurants. Mony, not realizing his potential and true path, agreed to follow the business footsteps & attended business school to one day open his own restaurant.
While completing a year of business school, Mony admitted he wasn’t committed. He would leave at lunch, arrive late, and always be daydreaming of being anywhere else, daydreaming of a passion, waiting to become a career, perhaps his life. That was his first and only year in school.
Mony would spend most of his time sketching and creating work. While working a part time job at the liquor store, Mony decided in the meantime to take a summer arts course at NSCAD University and made art the only thing he focused on. He wanted a life of art, and his art was slowly becoming his life.
Mony took the leap of faith and moved to Japan. While in Japan, he taught English and continued to paint. Until the end of his stay. He amassed 13 finished pieces, paintings he had created over his yearlong stay in Japan. Struggling to find a way to take his paintings with him back to Canada Mony coincidentally met the owner of the Gayban Gallery, in Takaoka Japan where he would put on his first solo exhibit ever. The show was a huge success selling most of his paintings. Mony knew then the leap was worth it because this is what he does and continue to do; make art.
After leaving Japan, Mony found his way to Toronto where he has put on 2 Solo exhibits and been a part of countless group shows. Yet to date his biggest achievement was selling a painting to director Spike Lee. The plan was to deliver the painting to him personally, however that plan did not materialize. In the end, Mony looks back at that achievement as not a win, but the sign that everything he has sacrificed in the past has him moving in the right direction.
He currently resides in Toronto with his wife Valentina.