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2018, Acrylic on Canvas, 90 x 90 cm

Born in 1938, Lebanon.

 

EN

Hussein Madi, painter, sculptor and engraver, born in 1938 in Chebaa in South Lebanon, is one of the Middle East’s most famous artists. Between 1958 and 1962, he studied painting at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts in Beirut before joining Rome in 1963 to continue his studies at the Accademia di Belle Arti. Left for two months, he stays in Rome for 22 years! He learns everything from frescoes and mosaics to the work of bronze. It is precisely in Italy that he develops his approach to sculpture and proposes a method to create volume from folded, seamless forms. Her Toros, Birds, Woman with Cigarettes and other human silhouettes combine the radical geometrical plan with the elegance of the curve thanks to which Madi gives them a remarkable individuality. In her paintings, closely related to her sculptures - with the same vocabulary, the color in addition - Madi depicts the variations of a subject in its multiplication and reaches an exceptional depth and harmony. Elected by his peers, he stands as President of the Lebanese Artists Association between 1982 and 1992.

"here’s the mystery of creation that inspired my art. There is a unity at the beginning that reproduces with differences; type, number, colour and dimension. All things that are born and die respond to these four categories. The repetition in my paintings is there on purpose and is a way to honour the creator.

H. Madi in L'Orient 2019.

 

FR

Né en 1938 à Chebaa, au Sud-Liban, Hussein Madi, peintre, sculpteur et graveur est l'un des artistes les plus célèbres du Moyen orient. Entre 1958 et 1962, il étudie la peinture à l'Académie libanaise des beaux-arts de Beyrouth avant de rejoindre Rome, en 1963, pour poursuivre ses études à l'Accademia di Belle Arti. Parti pour deux mois, il reste à Rome 22 ans ! Il y apprend tout : des fresques et des mosaïques au travail du bronze et de la cire. C’est précisément en Italie qu’il développe son approche de la sculpture et propose une méthode pour créer du volume à partir de formes pliées, sans soudure.

Ses Toros, Oiseaux, Femme à la cigarette et autres silhouettes humaines allient le plan géométrique radical à l'élégance de la courbe grâce à laquelle Madi leur donne une individualité remarquable.

Dans ses peintures, étroitement liées à ses sculptures - avec le même vocabulaire, la couleur en plus - Madi dépeint les variations d'un sujet dans sa démultiplication et parvient à une profondeur et une harmonie exceptionnelles. Entre 1972 et 1987, Madi enseigne la peinture à l'Institut national des arts de l'Université libanaise. Il a été président de l'association des artistes libanais entre 1982 et 1992.

« ...voilà le mystère de la création qui a inspiré mon art. Il existe au départ une unité qui se reproduit dans une différence de genre, de nombre, de couleur, et dans une différence de dimension. La répétition n’est pas un hasard dans mes toiles, mais une façon d’honorer le créateur. 
"

H. Madi in L'Orient 2019.

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Exhibitions

  • Awards

    First Prize for Engraving, Citta di Lecce, ITALY - 1974

    Salon's Prize for Sculpture offered by the Italian Cultural Centre in 1968/69

    Sursock Museum 5th Salon Prize for Pain - 1965

  •  2019 Mark Hachem Paris, Hussein Madi - Recent Works,

  • 2019 Mark Hachem Beirut, Hussein Madi - Recent Works,

  • 2019 Unexpected Trove - The Unseen Works of Hussein Madi (Rome 1964-1970), Beirut Art Fair (paintings, solo)
  • 2014 An Endless Sense of Creativity, Collages, Lithographs, Paintings and Sculptures, al markhiya gallery, Doha Qatar (solo)
  • 2010 Mark Hachem, New York,  (Peintures, Sculptures)
  • 2010 Artspace Gallery, Dubai (Paintings)
  • 2009 Aida cherfan Fine Art, Beirut, Lebanon(Sculpture Exhibition)
  • 2008 Mark Hachem, New York,  (Peintures, Sculptures)
  • 2008 Aida Cherfan Fine Art, Beirut, Lebanon (Paintings: Omaggio alla Donna)
  • 2008 University of Balamand (Paintings, Sculptures, Drawings & Prints)
  • 2006 ArtSpace Gallery, Dubai
  • 2006 Aida Cherfan Fine Art, Beirut, Lebanon (Paintings)
  • 2005 Aida Cherfan Fine Art, Beirut, Lebanon (Graphic Art Exhibition)
  • 2004 Aida Cherfan Fine Art, Beirut, Lebanon (Paintings & Signature)
  • 2004 Italian Embassy in Lebanon (Beirut)
  • 2003 Venice Biennale
  • 2002 Aida Cherfan Fine Art, Beirut, Lebanon (Drawings)
  • 2001 Mark Hachem, Paris,  (Peintures, Sculptures)
  • 2001 Aida Cherfan Fine Art, Beirut, Lebanon (Sculptures)
  • 2000 Aida Cherfan Fine Art, Beirut, Lebanon (Paintings)
  • 2000 Mark Hachem, Art Miami, (Peintures, Sculptures)
  • 1999 Music Festival, Al Bustan Hotel, Beit Mery, Lebanon
  • 1999 Euro Art 1999 Special Liban, Geneva
  • 1998 Alice Moghabghab Gallery, Beirut (Prints)
  • 1998 Cairo Opera
  • 1997 Sharjah Museum
  • 1997 Alice Moghabghab Gallery, Beirut (Paintings, Drawing)
  • 1996 Alice Moghabghab Gallery, Beirut (Paintings, Sculptures)
  • 1996 23rd International Biennale, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 1995 Green Art Gallery, Dubai
  • 1995 Qatar Museum for Modern Art, Doha
  • 1995 Alice Moghabghab Gallery, Beirut (Paintings)
  • 1994 L’entretemps Gallery, Mansourieh, Beirut
  • 1994 First International Biennale, Cairo (Prints)
  • 1994 1st Cairo Int’l Bienanal in Graphic Art Major
  • 1994 Rochane Galler, Beirut (Collages)
  • 1994 Darat El-Founoun, Amman
  • 1993 Atassi Gallery, Damascus
  • 1992 Sursock Museum, Beirut
  • 1992 Yarze Country Club, Lebanon
  • 1990 50 x 70 Gallery, Beirut
  • 1990 British Museum, London
  • 1989 Platform Gallery, Beirut (Drawing and Prints)
  • 1989 Platform Gallery, Beirut (Paintings)
  • 1989 L’Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris
  • 1988 Platform Gallery, Beirut (Sculptures)
  • 1988 Platform Gallery, Beirut (Pastel and Water Colors)
  • 1987 Association of Lebanese Artists, Beirut
  • 1986 Association of Lebanese Artists, Beirut
  • 1985 Petra Bank Art Gallery, Amman
  • 1984 Kuwait Biennale
  • 1984 Graphic Art Biennale, Bradford, U.K
  • 1984 Platform Gallery, Beirut
  • 1983 Association of Lebanese Artists, Beirut
  • 1982 Sursock Museum, Beirut
  • 1981 Mandaloun Gallery, Dbayeh, Beirut
  • 1980 12th International Painting Festival, Cagnes-sur-Mer France
  • 1980 Italian Cultural Center, Beirut
  • 1980 Antique Gallery, Beirut
  • 1980 Faris Gallery, Paris
  • 1979 Held first retrospective, Chamber of Commerce, Beirut
  • 1978 Samia Tutunji Gallery, Beirut
  • 1978 International Print Exhibition, Lecce, Italy
  • 1977 Samia Tutunji Gallery, Beirut
  • 1976 Islamic Art Exhibit, London
  • 1976 Esagono Gallery, Lecce, Italy
  • 1975 Novelli Gallery, Verone, Italy
  • 1974 Samia Tutunji Gallery, Beirut (solo)
  • 1974 Cite de Lecce, Italy (1st prize in Sculpture)
  • 1974 Exhibited at the Baghdad International Biennale
  • 1974 Modulart Gallery, Beirut
  • 1973 Contact Gallery, Beirut
  • 1973 Trifalco Gallery, Roma
  • 1972 Trifalco Gallery, Italy
  • 1972 Ueno Museum, Tokyo
  • 1972 Ministry of Tourism Art Exhibit, Roma
  • 1972 Contini Gallery, Roma
  • 1972 Cavour Gallery, Milano
  • 1972 Cortina Gallery, Milan
  • 1971 La Estadera Gallery, Italy
  • 1970 Soligo Gallery, Roma (solo)
  • 1970 Magnagraccia Gallery, Taranto, Italy
  • 1968 Sursock Museum, Beirut (1st prize of sculpture)
  • 1968 Dar El-Fann Gallery, Beirut (solo)
  • 1968 Poliedro Gallery, Roma (solo)
  • 1968 Italien Culture Center (1st prize in Sculpture)
  • 1967 Alexandria Biennale
  • 1966 Exhibition in the Museum of Beirut
  • 1965 The Gallery of the Association of Lebanese Artists
  • 1965 Sursock Museum, Beirut (1st prize of painting)
  • 1965 Exhibited at the Alexandria Biennale, Egypt

 

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