"Kanso's outsdanding mural-scale paintings are a cross between the specificity of Goya's 'Horrors of War' and Picasso's 'Guernica.' With broad turbulent strokes he paints horrific tales of man as monster... In each painting, a dark palette tending to browns and blues is set afire by strongly contrasting hue. A lurid orange light illuminates his "Endless Night" figures with mastlike faces standing on a parapet stonily witness the suffering of men and animals below."
Catherine Fox, The Political Show , The Atlanta Journal/Constitution, p.3H, June 24, 1984
".. Kanso's 'Endless Night' embodies themes of carnage, suffering and the desintegration of humanity. Though impelled by personal anguish, the picture of life he paints is not confined to Lebanon, His paintings are intended to be a universal statement about the horrors of war and the degeneration of culture."
Catherine Fox: Nabil Kanso , The Atlanta Journal/constitution, p. 5H, July 8, 1984
"...In dealing with the horrors of war and the circumstance of peace that mankind requires, Kanso creates enormous paintings that serve as powerful weapons in fighting war. Through all his exhibitions, he shows the whole gamut of human suffering and pain. The tortured language itself makes his work a universal manifestation of solidarity. Paintings smelling of human blood escape from the frame and break out into the spaces of galleries and museums as an unchained dialogue of current expressionism. Paintings depicting scenes of war and destruction reflect visions of the fire devouring corpses of the human massacre. Pictures with an intimate writing seek refuge in a single word in order to avoid its conversion into a foreshadowing of other time and space.
'...Nabil Kanso opens another window for us. He allows us to contemplate and ponder on our precarious existence, beginning with the most intransigent and total fact of contemporary fear: total extinction of mankind. We are the spectator facing extinction, a total death that belongs to you and me. Death that makes us clings to deep love, stepping on an incommensurate surface which is the abyss of a void with no memory. That is exactly what Kanso's painting makes us feel: the magnitude of the almost inevitable. This artist is able to show the never-ending darkness existing in an ephemeral glare right before bursting. We are, therefore, in front of an intelligent testimony, sensible and passionate of a teacher of torment and love. Kanso faithfully expresses orphanage, rage and the importance of living. Only blake's vision could make us tremor so much:
The tomb is open, the species are thrown, the canvas is wrapped
The bones of death, the clay that covers them, the contracted nerves, desolated
Reviving they tremble, inspiring they move, breathing they awaken! "
Guevara, Luis Camilio: Between Horror and Dominating Rupture, Exhibition Catalog, 1987, Ateneo, Caracas