A second-generation modernist artist, Chams earned his fame as a colorist who adopted lyrical abstraction and free expressionism in scenery paintings.
Born in 1943 in Wardeneyye-Chouf, Chams studied arts at the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Lebanese University from 1970 until 1974. He pursued his art studies at Leningrad Fine Arts Academy in the Soviet Union from 1975 until 1980 and at the distinguished National School of Decorative Arts in Paris from 1981 until 1984.
Chams taught at the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Lebanese University. A member of the Lebanese Artists Association for Painters and Sculptors, he organized many solo exhibitions in Lebanon. He took part in Autumn Salons at Sursock Museum and in the exhibitions held by the Association of Artists and by the Cultural Council of South Lebanon. Chams also participated in international galleries held in Paris, London, and Leningrad. He was awarded many honorary prizes.