Born in 1992 in M’Sila (Algeria), DHEWADI HADJAB lives and works in Paris. Graduated from the École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts d’Alger, the École Nationale Supérieure d’Art de Bourges and the Beaux-Arts de Paris, he was awarded several international prizes such as the Prix des Amis des Beaux-Arts « Prix du portrait Bertrand de Demandolx-Dedons » in 2020. In 2021, he was the laureate of the Rubis Mécénat production grant and was invited to present a solo exhibition at the Église Saint-Eustache in Paris. His work has been shown in group exhibitions at FRAC Franche-Comté, Besançon (France), at POUSH Manifesto, Clichy (France) and at the Beaux-Arts de Paris.
Surprising and disconcerting, the paintings of Dhewadi Hadjab are of intriguing beauty. Photography and pictorial practice are both at the center of Dhewadi Hadjab’s work. All of the artist’s canvases begin with photographs of models that he places in positions of extreme discomfort, constraint, in danger. It is then, in the extremely meticulous execution of the painted surface and in the development of a powerful realism that he accentuates the smallest details of the bodies in motion and gives them a strong sculptural intensity.
These vibrant, intense and unique paintings, between gravity and grace, are an invitation to transcend the sensitive and the fragility of uncertainty.