A thousand-facets artist with an ancestral soul Yazid Oulab seems to be nourished by centuries of civilizations. He is an interpreter and a messenger capable of analyzing and translating into simplified objects millennia of cultural, social and spiritual history. Son of a worker-mechanic-farmer father and a French teacher mother, Yazid Oulab is a real “storyteller. He 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. 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. 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 was born in 1958 near Constantine in Algeria. Son of a mechanic and a French teacher, he is also the nephew of the writer Kateb Yacine.

As a teenager he often went to his uncle’s where he discovered the effervescence and intellectual dynamism of artistic circles. At the age of 22, he decided to study art and did everything possible to be accepted at the School of Fine Arts in Algiers. He spent nearly 6 years there before leaving for Marseille in 1988 to join the Lumigny School of Art. He also worked on construction sites to pay for his studies, particularly in masonry, where he acquired gestures and techniques that were invaluable to his artistic practice.

In 2008, he participated in the exhibition Les Traces du Sacré, at the National Museum of Modern Art, Center Pompidou and was resident artist at the Calder studio from February to July 2009. He was chosen this year to inaugurate the new building of the FRAC PACA on the occasion of Marseille European Capital of Culture 2013.

A man with a thousand facets and an ancestral soul Yazid Oulab is an artist who seems nourished by centuries of the most diverse and richest civilizations. He presents himself as an interpreter and a messenger, capable of analyzing and transcribing through simplified objects millennia of cultural, social and spiritual histories.

An indisputable craftsman in love with gesture, a fascinated and fascinating poet for whom the gaze gives birth to meaning, a tireless and potentially omniscient witness, Yazid Oulab embodies the figure of the accomplished artist. That of a man who, far from the excesses specific to our current societies, would be ready to give art its new letters of nobility.

His works, objects, installations, sculptures or videos are all tools of expression and communication that push us to consider the cultural plurality of our time while measuring the historical significance of everything.

As for him, much more than a visual artist, he is a true “storyteller”. Guide and philosopher, he makes us discover, or rediscover, the origins of writing, numbers, spirituality, religions or Nations. Between legends and stories to build Yazid Oulab is a frontier being who, like his favorite nails, strives to create links.

Son of a worker-mechanic-farmer father and an intellectual mother, French teacher, he represents, not only in his works but also in his life, the perfect balance between the work of the hand and the mind. A manual as well as a spiritual creator, he corrects the unfair dichotomy that would aim to separate these two complementary dimensions of design.



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