Hussein Madi

Born in the Lebanon in 1938, Hussein Madi studied at the Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts as a young man.  In 1963, he won a two-month scholarship to continue his education in Rome, yet he remained there for 22 years.  There he learned everything from frescoes and mosaics to working with bronze and wax, and it was precisely in Italy where he developed his approach to sculpture and came up with a method of creating volume from folded forms.  At first he tried cardboard models then slowly translated them to elaborate cut sheets of iron

In the past decade, Madi has become one of the most commercially successful artists from the Arab region and also a sign of popularity growth of Middle Eastern art.  Since 1965, he has had more than 50 solo exhibitions in Lebanon and internationally and his work has now become synonymous with the recurrence of: women, bulls, birds, and trees.  He has a unique technique of blending and linking lines together to create the illusion of a 3-dimensional world, an infinite universe inhabited by basic forms and colors.  What initially is seen as a simple collection of shapes and colors gradually turns into a complex world of depth and emotion.