Myriad topics influence Diana Al-Hadid’s work, including anatomy, architecture, geology, world history, and art history. These separate subjects synthesize through her inventive methods of execution, resulting in an aberrant aesthetic. Everything in her repository culminates into creating impossibly intricate works, simultaneously ethereal and ragged. Her three-dimensional paintings, drawings on mylar, sculpture, and site-specific installations intimate a collapse of image, exalting memory against the inevitable passage of time.
Diana Al-Hadid (b. 1981, Aleppo, Syria) currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received a BFA in Sculpture from Kent State University in 2003, and an MFA in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2005. In 2007, she attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Al-Hadid has received numerous awards, including: a Joan Mitchell Grant; Louis Comfort Tiffany Grant; USA Rockefeller Fellowship; New York Foundation for the Arts Grant; and a Pollack-Krasner Grant. Her work is included in many public collections, such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro; and The Judith Rothschild Foundation, New York. Al-Hadid has had solo exhibitions at Secession, Vienna, Austria; Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH; Weatherspoon Museum of Art, Greensboro, NC; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA; Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX; Centro de Arte Contemporánea, La Conservera, Murcia, Spain; Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV; and The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA.