The artist was born in Giza, Egypt in 1961. He is an Associate Professor of Visual Communication Design at the Faculty of Applied Arts in Helwan University.
Hazem Taha is famous for his special technique in composition. His compositions are made of overlaying Islamic patterns on the background in an effort to hide the abstract figures & images he draws beneath. After painting & drawing figures, faces, shapes & angels, he fully covers them with paint followed by bare areas. He finishes his paintings by covering the entire surface with interlacing & repeated Islamic patterns, a technique that he is very fond of. This creates an optical illusion that is very similar to a photographic image. The Islamic pattern laid on top gives movement, fluidity & change to the piece which makes the forms & figures before the eyes constantly appearing & disappearing like a mirage. The pattern he uses greatly resembles the patterns typically found in Mosques which makes the viewer stare at one point in the painting at a time. The viewing experience is fluid & is constantly changing at different states of emotions leaving the viewer to endless interpretations and different perceptions, each time uncovering & rediscovering something new.
Therefore Hazem Taha has succeeded in combining western and eastern elements in his artworks producing forms for the spectator to interact with and to relate to, thus creating some visual dialogue. The works involve the spectator in a dialogue questioning the meaning about it rather than the perennial appeal.
“In Hazem Taha Hussein’s work we can recognize writings, symbols with issues regarding politics, society and humanism that would generally remind us of our childhood and culture. Also we see symbols and icons from the streets, in our houses, schools, characters and books that appear to record moments and important incidents of our lives. His visual language reflects the extent of his interest in the relationship between the East and the West in many aspects.”
Group Shows include: Mirrors Of Continuous Change, Taekwang, Seoul, South Korea, 2010; Land of the Hyperreal: Contemporary Art from Egypt, Havana, Cuba, 2010; What Happening Now?, Casa Arabe, Madrid, 2010; TriogieMÃ©diterranÃ©enne: from Athens to Marseille to Cairo, Palais de Arts, Marseille, France, 2008; What happening now: Art Palace, Ministry of Culture, Cairo, Egypt, 2008; The Present Out of the Past Millenia: Contemporary Art of Egypt, Kunst Museum Bonn, Bonn, Germany, 2007; Occidentalism: The West on the Eye of Egyptian Artist, Swiss Hotel, Cairo, Egypt, 2007; The Baggage, Alexandria Atelier, Alexandria, Egypt, 2007; Father and Son, Mohamed Taha Hussein and Hazem Taha Hussein, French Center, Alexandria, Egypt, 2006; Egyptian Artists with M. Abla, A. Nosier and others, 21 Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE, 2005; 1st Book-Biennale, Bibliotheca Alexandria, Egypt, 2004; Huruf: with H. El-Zani and H. Lotfi, La Bodega Gallery, Cairo, Egypt, 2002; Egyptian Art: Kunsthalle, Stockholm, Sweden, 2001; El-Nitaq Festival, Cairo, Egypt, 2001; Market Fair, Noteln, Germany, 1996; 8 Egyptian Artists, KunsthalleAugusburg, Germany, 1990; Egyptian Young Artists, Oman, 1989., Chr. Marian Stiftung’s Fellow, Basel, Switzerland (1988); Fellow of Egyptian Ministry of Culture (2003-2005); DAAD Fellow (1990-94) and Visiting Professor (2005).
Solo Shows include: Al-Bareh art gallery, retrospective (painting and mixed media), Manama, Bahrain, 2010; Ekhnaton Gallery, Cairo, Egypt, 2004; Espace-Karim Francis, Cairo, Egypt, 2001; El-Gezira Art Center, Cairo, 1999; Tour Haus Gallery, MÃ¼nster, Germany, 1995; AWO Gallery, Duisburg, Germany, 1994; DAAD Gallery, Cairo, Egypt, 1993; La Part du Sable Gallery, Cairo, Egypt, 1989; ACS-Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland, 1988.