Dimitri Hadzi

 

Sculpture
Bio

 

Hadzi's sculptures -- be they abstractions or abstracted figurations, be they bronze or stoneware -- are powerful and expressionistic. From the beginning of his career, Hadzi, a “romantic” by his own admission, has held onto the mythological themes that forge the basis of Mediterranean tradition. The forms he has created refer to his deep appreciation of past cultures as well as to the freedoms implicit in the modernist tradition. Hadzi himself states that his previous experience of working wax to be cast into bronze makes the transition to clay very appealing.
Born in New York City and a graduate of Cooper Union, Hadzi spent much of his adult life in Rome before returning to the United States, where he taught at Harvard University’s Department of Visual Studies and since 1989 has been Professor Emeritus.
His belief in the past as both a literary and aesthetic source shaped a career that stands out from other mainstream artists. He thinks of art in clear, formalist terms, enhanced by nuances of mythic atavism. As Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney wrote “(His) sculptures have the deeply satisfactory self sufficiency of all finished work...the very fact of their completeness makes one’s being want to fold its wings around and around them, to dwell upon them in singular meditation and gratitude.”
His work is in innumerable public and private collections throughout the United States, Europe and Japan.


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