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Hussein Madi

 (born 1938)
Hussein Madi is active/lives in Lebanon.  Hussein Madi is known for painting and sculpture.

Hussein Madi

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Hussein Madi was born in Chebaa, Lebanon in 1938. He lives and works in Beirut, Lebanon.  He graduated from the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts, Beirut.  He then moved to Rome in 1973 to study at the Academy of Fine Art and at the San Giacomo Academy.

Hussein Madi's work has featured internationally in solo exhibitions including at the Albareh Art Gallery, Bahrain, and in group displays such as at the British Museum, London.

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Hussein Madi has the talent of expressing human emotion through his sculptures.  He has written, 'I make art to empty the overload of emotion within me, to lessen that inner burden of spiritual debris I carry.'  Madi bears the same engagement with form in his sculptures as he does in other forms of art.  The art critic Joseph Tarrab has gone as far as arguing that Madi's visual forms consist of solely of two elements - a straight line and a curved line.  From this point, all of Madi's art is just multiplication or variation of the basic building blocks into complex and eye-catching finishes.  His work can therefore be summed up as the complex grounded in the simple.

Madi studied art initially at the Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts in Lebanon. Although the institution did not have a sculpture studio, Madi possessed a natural talent which he used to win a sculpture competition set up by Lebanon's Education Ministry in 1963.  As a reward, Madi was given a two-month scholarship to study sculpture in Rome but ended up staying there for 22 years.  Madi returned to Lebanon and was dissatisfied with the country's existing works of sculpture.  Instead of using traditional bronze, he innovated a geometrical technique of creating the illusion of volume from folded forms which he initially created in cardboard before producing them in creased and cut sheets of wrought iron.

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About  Hussein Madi

Born:  1938 - Chebaa
Known for:  painting and sculpture