"He once said to me, 'I paint souls.' Marwan’s faces became landscapes, worlds that we could enter and let ourselves be free to dream within […]. His faces, in particular, are an examination of the entire history of portraiture: from discombobulated heads to abstract bodies, from caricature to surrealist wonder. These faces embody and are in dialogue with a genealogy of composition that stretches from the Egyptian pharaohs to the Greco-Romans to the tight close-ups of the digital era. For Marwan, the face is the most expressive of all landscapes; it is a universe whose emotion requires continual unfolding."
Omar Kholeif cited in: Omer Kholeif, 'Marwan Kassab-Bachi (1934-2016)', Artforum Online, 7 December 2016.