Born in 1958 in the Constantine region of Algeria, Yazid Oulab has lived and worked in Marseilles since 1988. Graduating…


Born in 1958 in the Constantine region of Algeria, Yazid Oulab has lived and worked in Marseilles since 1988.
Graduating from the School of Fine Arts in Algiers in 1985, then the National School of Fine Arts in Marseilles in 1992, he has exhibited since the beginning of the ‘eighties on both sides of the Mediterranean, but also in Ankara, in Dubai and in New York.

Yazid Oulab is a multi-facetted artist and a man with an old soul. His practice seems to be informed by centuries of rich and diverse civilizations. He is an interpreter and a messenger capable of analyzing and translating into simplified objects millennia of cultural, social and spiritual history.

He is a craftsman who is in love with the gesture, a fascinated and fascinating poet for whom the gaze generates meaning, a tireless witness and a potentially omniscient one. Yazid Oulab is the accomplished artist, a man who, far from the excesses of today’s society, would always be ready to sacrifice his newly gained fame to art. His works – objects, installations, sculptures and videos – represent tools of expression and communication that encourage us to consider the plurality of our times and measure the historical influence of all things. Yazid Oulab is much more than an artist, he is a story-teller. He is a guide and a philosopher and he helps us discover or rediscover the origins of writing, numbers, spirituality, religions or Nations. Yazid Oulab is an artist or a frontier who creates connections, as the nail does; the nail is a recurrent element in his work.

He has taken part in numerous exhibitions at major institutions such as the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris) The Grand Palais (Paris), the Musée des Abattoirs (Toulouse), the MUDAM (Luxembourg) and the MNAC (Bucharest). He was also invited in 2009 to be artist in residence at the atelier Calder in Saché, in the Touraine.

On 2013, he participates at the MARSEILLE-PROVENCE 2013 European Capital of Culture project with severals exhibitions as “Peu à peu quoique aussitôt #1- le temps de la métamorphose : Le désir du rivage”, Centre Richebois and “Yazid Oulab, One man show”, Inauguration of the new buildong of the FRAC Provence- Alpes-Côte d’Azur.



Entre deux rives, Galerie Loft, Paris, France
Peu à peu quoique aussitôt #1- le temps de la métamorphose, FRAC PACA
Le désir du rivage, Centre Richebois, Marseille, France
Projet Ulysse par l’association Voyons Voir, Centre Rochebois, France

L’ère du graphite, Galerie Eric Dupont, Paris, France

L’âge du graphite, Maison Salvan, Labege, France

Galerie Eric Dupont, Paris, France
Tailler la montagne, ESAC Pau Expo, Pau., France

Yazid Oulab Atelier Calder, Saché, France
Yazid Oulab Maison Max Ernst, Huismes.
Yazid Oulab Eglise Saint Nicolas, Tavant, France
Le lien, Centre d’art contemporain, Saint-Restitut, France

Galerie Eric Dupont, Paris, France

Galerie Eric Dupont, Paris, France

Musée Archéologique d’Istres, France

Galerie du Tableau, Marseille, France

Médiathèque de Miramas, France

Galerie du Tableau, Marseille, France


" Corps Âmes ", Gallery LOFT, Paris

Exposition d’inauguration du nouveau bâtiment du FRAC Paca, Marseille, France
Blicksachsen 9, Bad Hombourg, Allemagne
Logique de la Mappemonde, Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Bourges, France
Ici, ailleurs, Marseille-Provence 2013, France
La Belle de mai, Tour Panorama, Marseille, France
Ressources poétiques, nouvel accrochage de la collection, Musée Les Abattoirs, Toulouse, France
L’art au défi de l’espérance, Mairie du VIe, Paris, France

Ponctuation 11 / Le dessin éveillé, LAAC, Dunkerque
Ponctuation 15 / Éclats du monde, Musée de la Chartreuse, Douai, France
Traits d’Union, The Venue/solidere, Beyrouth, France
Trait papier, Musée des Beaux-arts de la Chaux de Fonds, Suisse
Traits d’Union, Musée national de Sanaa, Yémen 

Magreb : Dos Orillas, Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Espagne
Traits d'union - Paris et l'art contemporain arabe, Villa Emerige, Paris, France
L'art comme un plaisir au quotidien, Bourg-en-Bresse, France
Le moins du monde, FRAC Lorraine, Metz, France
Small, Medium, Large, Donjon de Vez, France
En ce lieu ou presque #1, Domaine de Saint Ser, France
Architectures / Utopies / Dessins, collection du CNAP, MNAC, Bucarest, Roumanie
Wishing and praying, ADAA Art show, CRG Gallery, New York, USA
Wishing and praying, CRG Gallery, New York, USA
Tenir debout, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Valenciennes, France

Tenir debout, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Valenciennes, France
Les Afriques autrement, Maison des arts, Bagneux, France
Des intrus au musée, Musée d’art et d’histoire, Chinon, France
Sans crayon sans gomme, Galerie des Grands Bains Douches de la Plaine, Marseille, France

Nous, vous, ils ou elles, FRAC Picardie, Amiens, France
À Fleur de peau II – Le dessin à l’épreuve, Galerie Eric Dupont, Paris, France
Traversées, Espace Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Japon
Out of storage II, Rythmes, Mudam, Luxembourg, France

Cent, Galerie Defrost, Paris.
(A)pesanteur, FRAC Lorraine, Metz, France
Machines à rêve / Video Short List, Passage de Retz, Paris, exposition itinérante
Traces du Sacré, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Traces du Sacré, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Allemagne.
Palais de la Culture, Alger, France

The Troubled Waters of Permeability, Parker’s Box, NY, USA
MUDAM Guest House 07, MUDAM Luxembourg, France
Dialogues Méditerranéens, Saint-Tropez, France

À Fleur de peau, Galerie Eric Dupont, Paris, France
La Nuit Blanche, Église Saint-Séverin, Paris ; Galerie des Bains Douches, Marseille, France

Voyage d’artistes, Espace Electra, Paris, France

Galerie Martagon, Malaucène, France
Le Rectangle, Lyon, France
Le jardin de Leïla, Parc du Domaine Laval de Lyon, France

Château de Servières, Marseille, France

Culture et Entreprise, Ecole des beaux-arts, Aix-en-Provence, France

Sur Invitation, Les Ateliers d’artistes de la ville de Marseille, France

Les Effets du voyage, 25 artistes algériens, Palais de la Culture, Le Mans, France

Biennale d’Ankara, Turquie


FRAC Picardie, Amiens, France

Donation de la Fondation Guerlain au Centre Pompidou, France

Ville de Marseille, France

Musée des Abattoirs, Toulouse, France

FNAC, Paris, France
FRAC Picardie, Amiens, France

Fondation Musée d’Art Moderne Grand Duc Jean, Luxembourg, France
Musée des Abattoirs, Toulouse, France

Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France