Driss Ouadahi (1959)

Driss Ouadahi was born in 1959 in Casablanca, Morocco. Ouadahi studied architecture in Algiers from 1979 to 1982, then at the École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Algiers from 1984 to 1987 and from 1988 to 1994 in Düsseldorf at the Kunstakademie.

Available Driss Ouadahi works:

Architecture and fences

Ouadahi is an artist of North African heritage who has lived and worked in Germany for many years. Global architecture is a central theme in Ouadahi's work. In his paintings he discovers high-rise buildings in architecture many of which are present in European cities. 

Ouadahi's work can be divided into two subjects, the first is a meticulous representation of fencing that portrays both abstraction and separation, the work 'Fences hole' in our collection is a good example of this. Ouadahi's inspiration for his paintings of fencing comes from refugees from Syria and Iraq who are looking for a better life in Germany. Fences are a serious obstacle for people who have fled their own country because of war and violence. The depiction of the fences in Ouadahi's work is meticulously rendered, often with a radiant and clear sky in the background. The holes in the fence are a symbol of the hope that this barrier can be broken.

The other subject is geometric tiles as seen in metro systems in major cities but also showing the architect in Driss Ouadahi.


International recognition

Ouadahi's work is represented in various museums, public and private collections worldwide such as Barjeel Art Foundation, UAE, FRAC Centre, Orléans, France, Herbert-Weisenburger-Stiftung, Rastatt, Germany, Kamel Lazaar Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland, Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf, Germany, Nadour Collection, Germany, and Stadtsparkasses Baden-Baden, Germany.



Driss Ouadahi regularly exhibits his work at the Hosfelt gallery in San Francisco and the Lawrie Shabibi gallery in Dubai and London. Ouadahi currently lives, and works in Düsseldorf, Germany.