"Mohammad Zaza’s work is a fascinating journey through a universe of constant metamorphosis and transformation. His images epitomize the flow of life: never ending change and the perpetual creation of ever new forms and shapes and points of view.
He has found his own very unique aesthetic language which with he lures us into his mysterious, puzzling and enchanting world.
His art does what relevant art is supposed to do: it touches, moves and surprises, and it makes you think."
(Gottfried Helnwein, Ireland, 2016)
Mohammad Zaza, Syrian artist, was born in Riyadh in 1987. Growing up in an artistic family, he started drawing and painting at an early age. After completing high school in Saudi Arabia, he moved to Syria in 2006 to study at the faculty of Fine Arts in Aleppo University. He held his first solo exhibition in 2008 and, after his graduation in 2010, was appointed as a painting teacher assistant at the University until 2012. Mohammad has held 10 solo exhibitions across Syria, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, in addition to his participation in many group shows and international art fairs. Besides painting on big size canvases mainly, he also works on illustrations and animations. He now resides in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he opened his studio.
In his paintings, Zaza focuses on the movement that lies behind fixed scenes. He redefines the preconceptions of form by removing the link between shape and function. While everything in the universe is held together by a gravitational force deriving its energy from a greater whole, Zaza boldly challenges these limitations by imagining his creations as amorphous and detached from context. Because his paintings aspire to work as a window to another dimension of life, each of his paintings offers an individual experience for viewers who find a unique connecton to his art.
2016 Every Change is a Revival - Hafez Gallery, Jeddah
2016 The Earth is Blue like an Orange - Depo, Istanbul
2014 This is Not a Coincidence - Naila Art Gallery, Riyadh
2013 ZAZA - Naila Art Gallery, Riyadh
2012 Faces - Lam Gallery, Riyadh
2011 PINK - Kalimat Gallery, Aleppo
2010 Self-titled - Khan al-Adlieh, Aleppo
2009 Self-titled - Al-Assad Gallery, Aleppo
2009 Self-titled - Hall of People Gallery, Damascus
2008 Self-titled - Gallery Khanji, Aleppo
Selected Group Exhibitions
2018 3 Directions - Mono Gallery, Riyadh
2016 Behind the Lines - Penticton Art Gallery, Canada
2016 Summertime Freshness - Liquid art System, Istanbul
2012 Group Exhibition - Lam Art Gallery, Riyadh
2017 Abu Dhabi Art - Hafez Gallery
2017 StArt Doha - Hafez Gallery
2017 Beirut Art Fair - Hafez Gallery
2016 Art Central Hong Kong - Hafez Gallery
2016 India Art Fair - Hafez Gallery
2016 Art Stage Singapore - Hafez Gallery
2015 Saatchi Start Art Fair London- Hafez Gallery
2015 Art15 London - Qode Agency
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