Originally from Egypt, Yves Hayat first developed his aesthetic sensibilities living in a country enriched with history and cultural diversity. Art was his first love. After the Egyptian Revolution, Hayat left for France and from 1966 to 1971, he studied Art at the famous; Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratifs of Nice.
In 1973, Hayat chose to go into advertising and marketing, which led him to open his own successful agency. His experience enabled him to discover and learn to use new forms of technology, and master techniques. In the 1990s, equipped with those skills, he decided to return to art, rediscovering the old masters, photographing people, the streets, society products, museum paintings, producing innovative magazine and web images.
So successful was the response to his works exhibited in galleries, in 2002, he decided to leave his advertising business to devote time to his art.
Although Hayat does not consider himself a painter, photographer, or designer, he is widely known as a “plasticien,” an untranslatable French term that refers to an artist who puts the meaning of his work to the fore and uses all the various media and techniques to express it.
Since 2006, Yves Hayat has exhibited critically acclaimed solo shows in Paris, London, Vienna, Beirut, Cologne, Geneva, Greece, Kuwait, Monaco and Cannes.
The author and critic François Birembaux wrote, “Yves Hayat belongs to that category of remarkable artists who have something to say, and who say it with such talent that they stamp their impression on the art of our time.”
“I admit that I’m more interested in manipulating reality rather than representing it. My artworks, photographs, installations and ‘Figurative Narrations,’ suggest visions where a sense of theatre is an integrating part of the project. I’m a consumer of all visual reality: film, downloads, scans, retouching… as director of a new world. I compare past and present, beauty and horror, indifference and fanaticism. Through the relationships between art, politics and media, I attempt to conceive a critical artwork that shows the attraction for the culture of media, cinema and advertising, using modern techniques.”