About Yves Hayat

Yves Hayat 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 ...

Yves Hayat

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.”

Artist Statement
“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.”

Yves Hayat
Yves Hayat

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