To coincide with Frieze Art Fair this October, the Mosaic Rooms will host a striking exhibition from celebrated Syrian artist Fadi Yazigi. One of the most important artistic voices in the Arab world today, Yazigi has exhibited extensively throughout the Middle East, Europe and the United States, but this is the first time his work has been displayed in the UK.
This solo show includes recent paintings, reliefs, sculptures and films by the artist, many of which reflect the personal tragedies of everyday contemporary Syrian reality. Instead of painting life-like portraits, Yazigi's works often depict ordinary people as physically underdeveloped creatures or half-human beasts, with mask like faces and smiles of naà ¯ve optimism. Frequently his work is used to portray the marginalised and unhappy, their physical confinement and half forms a call to change and metamorphose. Black and white representations are contrasted with dramatic uses of colour, creating highly arresting and emotive imagery.
Fadi Yazigi was born in Syria in 1966. He studied sculpture at the Faculty of Fine Art in Damascus, graduating in 1988. He works as a full time artist seven days a week from 8am-6pm. Yazigi uses various techniques and materials ranging from bronze casting to painting directly on furniture and newspapers. His work has been shown internationally through exhibitions and art fairs and has been sold to collectors all over world. His artworks are also sold in Christie's and Sotheby's auction houses between London and Dubai.
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