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Hofstra Explores The Art of Chocolate


Looking for something sweet, decadent and a little bit sinful to do on Long Island this Valentine’s Day?

That’s where artist Sid Chidiac comes in. His medium? Chocolate.

Born in Australia and raised in Lebonan, artist Sid Chidiac studied at The Julian Ashton Art School, a unique and historic school established in 1890 that remains one of Australia’s finest schools of art. His work initially focused on oil on canvas. His interest in working with chocolate as art started with an idea to paint entirely edible portraits of a diverse group of people in chocolate.


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Chidiac’s first show of chocolate portraits was titled Flavor of New York and was exhibited at the Sixth Annual Chocolate Show in Manhattan. The exhibit opened in November 2003 and was a huge hit with thousands of attendees and the media. In 2003, Chidiac was sponsored for five years by Berry Callebaut chocolate, one of the largest Belgium chocolate manufacturing companies in the world.

Invitations to exhibit around the world began in 2003 and since then his prints are shown across the globe. Chidiac continues to work in both chocolate and oil. He is proud that his chocolate and oil paintings are hanging across the globe and seeks to remain innovative, but also universal with his art.

Check out his chocolate masterpieces in person:

The Art of Chocolate @ Hofstra University
Hempstead Turnpike, Hempstead. Lowenfeld Conference and Exhibition Hall, 10th Floor, Axinn Library, South Campus. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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