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Diana Al Hadid

Born Syria, 1981.

Diana Al Hadid immigrated with her family to the United States when she was five years old in the mid 1980’s.  She grew up in North Caton and graduated from Kent State University in 2003 with dual bachelor’s degrees in art history and sculpture. She then studied for an MFA in Sculpture at the Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA. Al Hadid’s sculptures have been acquired by a number of museums and important private collection including The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, The Judith Rothschild Foundation, New York, The Saatchi Collection, London and The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Since 2006 Al Hadid has held many solo and participated in group shows in museum cross the USA and Europe including: The UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, La Conservera, Murcia, Spain, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC, SCAD Museum of Art and Savannah and Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH. In 2014 she will show in Vienna, Austria. Al Hadid now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Al Hadid creates unique large sculptures and site specific installations using polymer gypsum, fiberglass, steel, wood, paint and bronze. Her sculpture practice deals with many issues around history and memories. Memories from her own childhood are mixed with a wide rage of references from Art history and ancient civilizations. Her sculptures, though appearing at first as cracked, melted and broken architectural structures and figures, are in fact creations that are meticulously pieced together by Al Hadid and her assistants, one layer at a time, over a period of months.

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