Fadi Yazigi


Born in 1966 in Latakia, Syria, Fadi Yazigi obtained a BFA in Sculpture from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Damascus in 1988. Since then, he has been a pro­lific painter and sculptor, working with extreme dis­ci­pline. He has held a large number of solo exhi­bi­tions of his work in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Bahrain. He has par­tic­i­pated in group exhi­bi­tions in the Middle East, Europe and the U.S.A, and in a number of inter­na­tional bien­nials and art fairs, including Art Paris, Art Paris Abu Dhabi, Art Dubai, Art Palm Beach and the Hong Kong International Fair. He lives and works in Damascus.

"Art is the cul­mi­na­tion of unin­hib­ited cre­ative freedom to visu­ally express the social and polit­ical sit­u­a­tion of our times. My works are a nos­talgic chron­icle of rela­tion­ships; the source of my stim­u­la­tion is all that sur­rounds me and all those who have left an indelible mark on my life. Experimenting with var­ious tech­niques and media, I try to escape from monotony. Whether painting on canvas, card­board, tex­tiles or news­pa­pers, using acrylics, oil or ink, I depict people and human emo­tions. I paint, sculpt and mould as I observe the world. I con­tinue to explore new mate­rials for my work; exper­i­menting in a very wide variety of ways and forms. Each new mate­rial gives a par­tic­ular feeling and each new image, whether on a blank canvas, cloth, paper bag, Arabic bread or sculpted clay, comes from the same inspi­ra­tion and cur­rent of cre­ativity."

Fadi Yazigi cur­rently works in Damascus, pro­ducing a range of works from painting to sculp­ture to reliefs that all mirror each other in terms of sub­ject matter and, for the most part, focus on everyday life in Syria in an overall unhappy or alien­ated tone. He often paints directly on fur­ni­ture or news­paper. Yazigi reg­u­larily casts his sculp­tures in bronze, and they often depict people as underde­vel­oped crea­tures or as half-human beasts.

As a fig­u­ra­tive painter, his work revolves around people and human emo­tions with a nos­talgic sen­si­bility towards the indi­vid­uals that he encoun­ters. A strong facet of his work is exper­i­menting with new mate­rials and tech­niques, allowing him to con­tin­u­ously increase the range of his oeuvre.

Works in Public Collections :

- Museum, Institut du monde arabe, Paris. Donation of Claude & France Lemand.
- British Museum, London.

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