Deborah Colton Gallery is pleased to present Still Life… Still Alive… Still a Life, an exhibition featuring paintings, drawings and sculpture by Syrian artist, Fadi Yazigi. The exhibition opens Saturday, February 18, with an opening reception from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
“Irrespective of what’s happening in the world I live in, I am still alive and still have a life.” Yazigi says. Having arrived at this realization, Yazigi uses his thoughts and findings as the starting point for a new, landmark, mixed-media installation of works that juxtapose still life, or figures in black ink, reflecting the artist’s documented observation that there are times when we are all motionless, be it planned or a random act, yet we are still breathing, thinking, living and even creating art.
“The war has had a big effect on me, but I can’t stop working,” the artist notes. “It’s part of my survival and a way of looking for a solution.”
Fadi Yazigi is a multi-media, figurative artist known for his paintings, ceramic relief carvings and sculptures. Yazigi was born in 1966 and studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Damascus University. He still lives and works in the city today. In his instantly-recognizable pieces, Yazigi often presents his subjects as underdeveloped creatures or half-human beasts, capturing their emotions and expressions as they deal with whatever life throws at them, from the mundane and humorous to the horrors of war.
Public collections, include The British Museum (London), The Delfina Foundation (London), Kaleemat Foundation (Istanbul), A.M. Qattan Foundation (London) and Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (UAE), as well as private collections throughout the Middle East, Europe, Asia and the United States. Solo exhibitions include Dar Al Funoon (Kuwait 2017), Art Paris Art Fair (Paris 2016), Yallay Art Gallery (Hong Kong 2015), The City Hall (Thessaloniki 2015), Galerie Tanit (Beirut 2015), The Mosaic Rooms (London 2011), Ayyam Gallery (Damascus 2009) and Al Bareh Art Gallery (Bahrain 2006). Group Exhibitions include Galeries de Verre L’Art en Marche (Bordeaux 2015), Institut des Cultures d’Islam (Paris 2014), Meem Gallery (Dubai 2013), BIEL Center, (Beirut 2013), Athr Gallery (Jeddah 2013), Europe Art Expo (Geneva 2006) and Gallery Amber (Leiden 2003).