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 Universitys 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 ones being want to fold its wings
around and around them, to dwell upon them in singular meditation and
His work is in innumerable public and private collections throughout
the United States, Europe and Japan.
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