Born in 1984 in Honduras, Adrian Pepe is a Beirut-based fiber artist whose practice explores craftsmanship through socio-cultural, ecological, and methodological perspectives. His most recent projects focus on textile practices from the Levant, working together with artisans of the region, reviving ancient craft techniques, and weaving them into contemporary expression.
Pepe studies the ties we form with objects through the way they are made, replicated, transferred, adopted, and adapted over time. His integrated approach combines cultural and historical research with performance, design, fashion, and interiors. Throughout, he aims to craft objects and experiences as tools to enable open discourse on materiality and our morphing cultural landscape.
“The experience was immensely validating and encouraging, incentivizing me to move forward confidently, understanding that I form part of a larger community of like-minded thinkers and makers, striving to shift collective perspectives toward a better future.” —Adrian Pepe, Lebanon, 2022 Fellow
Pepe holds a bachelor’s degree in Architecture and a master’s degree in Design for Sustainability from Savannah College of Art and Design. In 2021, he won the SCAD Alumni Atelier Grant and the Fiber Arts Network: FELT Fiber Transformed Award. Solo and group exhibitions include Beirut Concept at Dubai Design Week, UAE (2021); Entangled Matters at Agial Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon (2021); Harvest: Mushroom Explorations at Beirut Design Week, Lebanon (2016); Hair Explorations at Non-Fiction Gallery, Savannah, GA (2013); and Seoul Design Fair, South Korea (2010).