Mohammad Zaza, Syrian artist

Born in Riyad, Saudi Arabia in 1987
Lives and works in Brussels, Belgium

Mohammad Zaza was born in Riyad in 1987 to Syrian parents. 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. Besides painting on big size canvases, Zaza also works on illustrations and animations. Mohammad Zaza has held 10 solo exhibitions across Syria, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, in addition to his regular participation in many group shows and international art fairs.

Following the commencement of the Syrian conflict, Zaza spent various periods living in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt, before basing himself in Istanbul, Turkey, where he has lived for the last two years. In the summer 2016, he moved to Brussels, Belgium, but does not plan on staying there permanently and ceasing his itinerant lifestyle. “Once I caught the travel bug, I couldn’t stop. It’s become a necessity. I think my whole life I’ll keep moving after a few sedentary years, working and being inspired by new places.”

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 connection to his art.

A fascinating Journey (Written by Gottfried Helnwein, Ireland, 2016)

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.

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