Born 1981, Aleppo, Syria
Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York
Diana Al-Hadid’s creations are an improbable and fascinating mix of high tech and traditional materials - like polymer gypsum and fiberglass or wax and bronze - brought together in forms that are at times architectural, at other times corporeal, and astoundingly unlike anything else. This is an artist well schooled in the art history of sculpture’s legacy. Her body of work combines the forms of classical sculpture with daring experimentation of materials that challenge our notions of gravity and volume. Al-Hadid’s work seems to be coagulating and melting away at the same time – like she is trying to capture the extraordinary event of a disappearing Canova or a dematerializing Bernini by building up structures to prevent their loss. Magical forms are embellished with a sophisticated array of pigments and gold leaf so that each small detail offers a compelling and profoundly strange experience.
Diana Al-Hadid emigrated from Syria to Ohio in 1986. She received her BFA in Sculpture from Kent State University and her MFA in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA in 2005. Solo and group exhibitions have been held at Marianne Boesky Gallery, NY; Akron Museum of Art, Akron, OH; Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA; Visual Arts Center, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX; Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX; Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, La Conservera, Murcia, Spain; Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL; LaMontagne Gallery, Boston, MA; Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK; Museum Granet Aix-en-Provence, France; Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Norway; Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI; Havremagasinet, Luleå, Sweden; Haugar Art Museum, Tønsberg, Norway; Vigeland Museum, Oslo, Norway; and Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA.