Born in Lebanon in 1985, Mazen Khaddaj is a multidisciplinary artist working in painting, performance, video art and installation. He received his BA in graphic design from the American University of Science and Technology in Beirut (2008) and worked as an accomplished Art Director for several years in multinational advertising companies before dedicating himself fully to the arts.
Khaddaj’s paintings are a play between textures and color, transparency and flatness. His work manifests human thought and interaction through figuration, which appears abstracted and dissipating, intersecting yet secluded. Subsequent video performances and installations are extensions of the work on canvas; what is inherent to still surfaces translates to mutable forms.
Khaddaj’s first solo show Bonds (2013) was held at Art Circle, and was followed by The Middle State (2015) at 392Rmeil393 Gallery, both based in Beirut. The University of Balamand Gallery invited Khaddaj to exhibit his work in March of 2015. That year, Khaddaj also showcased his first video installation and commenced a multidisciplinary approach. Emotion in Motion (2016) took place at Artspace Hamra, Beirut. His newfound trajectory is evident in The Eye, featuring five videos depicting the relationship between individuality and society at large. The installation is currently on view at the MACAM Museum of Contemporary and Modern Art, Lebanon. I am a Foreigner (2017), contemplated his relocation to Germany and the subsequent struggle of grounding himself in a new country. The exhibition was held at GAPGAP in Leipzig, and showcased several paintings and two video installations. Khaddaj has also taken part in several collective shows in Bahrain, Turkey, Lebanon and Germany.
In the fall of 2015, Khaddaj participated in the Pilotekuche Art Residency in Leipzig, where he explored new methods in painting. Mazen Khaddaj continues to live and work in Germany, and currently studies Media Art at the Academy of Arts “Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst”, in Leipzig.
“I am a Foreigner” at GAPGAP (Leipzig, Germany) | September 2017
“Emotion in Motion” at Artspace Hamra (Beirut, Lebanon) | August 2016
“The Middle State” at 392Rmeil393 (Beirut, Lebanon) | February 2015
“The Middle State” at The University Of Balamand (Balamand, Lebanon) | March 2015
“Bonds” at Art Circle (Hamra, Beirut) | April 4 – 25 2013
“Conversations With Self” at Albareh Art Gallery (Manama, Bahrain) November 2018
“42 Contemporary Artists” (Berlin, Germany) September 2018
“KUDUS” at Grand Cevahir (Istambul, Turkey) April 2017
“Summer collective” at Artspace Hamra (Beirut, Lebanon) July 2016
“Hot House” at Pilotenkuche/ Spinnerei (Leipzig, Germany) | September 2015
“Compilation2013” at Art Circle (Beirut, Lebanon) | September 26 2013
Pilotenkuche International Art Residency (Spinnerie, Leipzig, Germany) | September 1 – December 1 2015
BA in Graphic Design at The American University of Science and Technology (Beirut, Lebanon) | 2004 – 2008