Driss Ouadahi

"Over the past seven years I have been painting urban landscapes collaged from elements such as high-rise housing blocks, streets and parking lots, playgrounds and small green spaces – all to be found in metropolitan suburbs worldwide.
The suburban place – ‘Dans Cité’ – bears a direct relation to and is reflected by the ‘Densité’, the density of the work. Through my paintings I express my interest in developing a universally readable visual language from the light and atmosphere of the urban landscape.

More recently I have been focusing on two types of urban elements – one is tiled passageways as often found in subway systems, conveying the claustrophic and scary atmosphere of blocked escape routes. The second type is spatial demarcations, depictions of chain-linked fences, such as those in The Future of a Promise, which are both minimalist abstractions and signifiers of separation."

Born in Casablanca, Morocco, of Algeria parents in 1959, Driss Ouadahi grew up in Algeria. He studied at the Ecole Superieure des Beaux Arts d'Alger before enrolling and subsequently graduating from the Kunstakadamie Düsseldorf, the city where he now lives and works. Ouadahi has exhibited in solo exhibitions in New York, San Francisco, Düsseldorf, Germany, and Istres, France. He has also taken part in a number of group exhibitions, most recently in Le Retour, 3ème Festival International d'Art Contemporain d'Alger; Magreb: Dos Orillas, Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid; Future of a Promise at Venice Bienale 54, Cairo Biennial 12, and CU Art Museum, University of Colarado in Boulder.

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