By Mohamad Khayata
“During those critical moments which we lived in Syria, art became incapable of carrying all the emotions and concerns of the individual or even of the group. As a consequence of that, we see improvisation has fostered artistic production. The paintings created in Damascus, and later in Beirut , are a sign of daily breath … Representing resistance of violence and death. ”
(Beirut): Mark Hachem Gallery opened the solo exhibition of the artist Yaser Safi on April 16th and will continue until the April 30th featuring paintings, etchings and sculptures.
The universe of Yaser Safi has duality: Although his colorful characters seem childish and sometimes sarcastic, underneath lies a deeper and darker scenery. Bodies scattered across the canvas float next to weapons that surge out of nowhere. Free from gravity, these puppets hide a certain violence under their light appearance. Transported onto his etchings, this universe becomes somber. Lacking color, these dislocated and dismembered characters take a more dramatic turn. Echoing the flatness of the canvases, the sculptures give movement to the characters chiseled in a rough manner, diving again into a world with no gravity.
Yaser Safi Biograohy
Born in 1976 in Qamashli, Syria, Yaser Safi is a Graphic & Painting artist. In 1997, Safi earned a BA of Fine Arts, Graphic Department from Damascus University and in 1999 a diploma of superior studies in Graphic Arts from Damascus University. Yaser Safi has participated in many art festivals in the Arab region and Europe. Safi also contributed to Engraving and Etching workshops.
Safi’s works were exhibited at seven solo exhibitions (Damascus, Beirut, Amman, Cairo, Brussels, Rome) in addition to many local, regional, and international ones. Safi’s works have been acquired by the Damascus Museum for Modern Art, Jordan Royal Museum, British Museum in London, and private art collections.
Yaser Safi was awarded the 1st Graphic Award of the Second Syrian Youth Exhibition in Damascus, and the Honor Prize of the Cervantes Center, Damascus.