About Hussein Madi
b. 1938 Chebaa, Lebanon, Hussein Madi lives and works in Beirut, Lebanon.
Completing his studies at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts, Beirut in 1962, Madi worked in Baghdad, Iraq before moving to Rome, Italy in 1963 to continue his studies at Accademia di Belle Arti.
Madi was based in Rome for much of the 1970s and 1980s while continuing to teach at the National Art Institute of the Lebanese University, Beirut. He has been permanently located in Beirut since 1986.
His first solo exhibitions were held at Dar El-Fann Gallery, Beirut and Poliedro Gallery, Rome, in 1968. Since then his painting, sculpture and printmaking has been widely exhibited across the world, including Cortina Gallery, Milan, Italy (1972); Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France (1989); Atassi Gallery, Damascus, Syria (1993); Alice Moghabghab Gallery, Beirut (1995) and Menasart, Beirut, Lebanon (2012).
His work has been displayed in the Ueno Museum, Tokyo, Japan (1972); British Museum, London, UK (1990); Qatar Museum for Modern Art, Doha (1995) and Sharjah Museum, UAE (1997) and included in the Alexandria Biennale, Egypt (1965, 1967); Baghdad International Biennale, Iraq (1974); First International Biennale, Cairo, Egypt (1994) and 23rd International Biennale, Sao Paolo, Brazil (1996). He presented his work at the Venice Biennale in 2003 and the same year was awarded the Order of the Star by the Italian Government for outstanding contribution to Italy.