Fadi Yazeji

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The inner energy of beings

Fadi Yazeji was born in Syria in 1966 and studies in Damascus Academy of Fine Arts. His lyrical, narrative paintings have been well received in exhibitions in Syria, Europe and the USA.
Syrian artist, Fadi Yazeji was born in 1966. He studied at the University of Damascus and graduated from the Department of Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in 1988.

In the early years, Yazeji painted in oils but in 1998 he returned to sculpture alongside painting. He works in a variety of materials, using wood, canvas, oils, acrylics, sand, water and clay. Nizar Sabour, Professor of Painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Damascus University describes the artist’s work. ´Fadi’s work has a special identity among other Syrian artists, for he mainly depends on exaggerated expression devoid from any polishing or outside surfaces. He stresses the inner energy of existing things and beings, depending sometimes on simple and clear colours and some other times on complicated highly impressionist and thick colours.´

Yazeji’s work has been exhibited in solo shows in Syria and Lebanon between 1993 and 1998. Group exhibitions include the Al Sharjah Biennial in the United Arab Emirates in 1999 and a touring exhibition to the USA in 2000.

Yazeji was selected for a two-person exhibition of modern Syrian artists at the Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry University in the UK. The curator commented, ´The somewhat lyrical approach is very reminiscent of Paul Klee and the sense of the ‘drawn line’ is central to his practice. Fadi uses canvas as a form of wall hanging in addition to the more conventional support of stretched canvas. The use of a repeated motif – usually a stylised head or figure implies a sense of narrative even though this is not necessarily intended. Sometimes the format is suggestive of a comic strip and one inevitably makes associations and connections across the surface because of this implied link.´

Fadi Yazeji has received corporate and private commissions for large scale murals in Syria and has designed theatre and dance sets.

Fadi Yazeji was shortlisted for the Visiting Arts/Delfina Annual Fellowship in 2001 on the nomination of the Director of the British Council in Syria.
Author: Judith Staines


Fadi Yazeji was born in Latakia in Syria in 1966. He is based in Damascus where he gained a BA from the Department of Sculpture at the University of Damascus, Academy of Fine Arts in 1988. His work has been exhibited in solo shows in Syria, Jordan and Lebanon and in group exhibitions in Europe, USA and Syria. Yazeji has been commissioned to make large scale murals for private and public buildings and designed theatre sets.


Stage design work

Production / Performance,
1997 Design & build Nutcracker scenery, Al-Hamra Theatre 1994 Design for Safar-Barlek play, Al-Hamra Theatre

Environmental art

1999 Mural paintings, 230cm x 120cm, conference room of L´Oreal Factory 1998 Mural painting, 12m x 230m, La Fontana restaurant 1993 Sculptured relief, Bushr Alawa Villa 1992 Mural paintings, Bushr Alawa Villa


Exhibition / Installation,
2003 Europe Art Expo, Geneva, Switzerland 2003 Gallery Amber, Leiden, Netherlands 2002 Art Sud, Paris 2001 Herbert Museum, Coventry, England 2000 Dead Horse Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio, USA 2000 Artists Museum Gallery, Washington DC 1999 Al Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah, UAE 1997 Latakia Biennial, Syria


Exhibition / Installation,
2002 French Cultural Centre, Damascus, Syria 2001 Dar Alanda Gallery, Amman, Jordan 1998 IFEAD, French Institute for Arabic Studies, Damascus 1996 Ishtar Gallery, Damascus 1995 Al Madina Theatre, Beirut, Lebanon


This artist took part in the following project(s) organized/funded by the culturebase.net partner institutions.

Delfina International Fellowship 2001

(30 October 01 - 02 February 02)