Vincent Abadie Hafez

France 1977

Graffiti, Calligraphy, Painting, Murals

Vincent Abadie Hafez
Vincent Abadie Hafez
October 17, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Vincent Abadie Hafez also known as Zepha is a French contemporary artist whose work is strongly inspired by traditional and contemporary Arabic calligraphy. He is widely known for his highly ornamental and completely stunning artworks. Famous for employing a wide variety of mediums and techniques, he tries to bring entirely separate worlds together in his work, to merge the ancient with the new, to bring the East closer to the West.

Urban Jealousy for Art Azoï

Vincent Abadie Hafez aka Zepha - Urban Jealousy - Paris - 2014 video geladen
Vincent Abadie Hafez aka Zepha – Urban Jealousy, mural for Art Azoï, Paris, 2014

Born in Paris in 1977, he became active in the graffiti and street art scene working under the pseudonym Zepha in the late 1980s. His long-lasting, continuous and engaged involvement in the graffiti movement has allowed him to work in depth on the subversion and stylization of the Latin alphabet.

He has developed his own unique style on the edge between the graffiti and calligraphy and a world in which cross the craftsmanship of ancient civilizations, the movement Figuration, Abstraction lyrical and street art. Brave and open mind, his artistic production evolves by borrowing diverse ways most of the time through not beaten paths at the crossroads of two worlds, ancient and modern. Contrasts and complementarity are his driving force, visible in every aspect of his work, from the choice of medium or technique (he dabbles in street art, while also painting on canvas, his works include calligraphy, murals, etching and engraving…) to the themes of his pieces, in which he tries to bring peace to the chaos of opposing ideas.

The gesture intrinsic to the aerosol technique and the energy of calligraphic gestures led him to live creativity as a process, not only as a goal. Zepha’s art is accessible to all, and poses questions fundamental to every human – he reminds us of our beginnings, questions the consequences of our actions, both as individuals and on a global scale, and rebels against over-urbanization.

Street Art Invasion

Vincent Abadie Hafez aka Zepha - Roots and letters - group show Street Art Invasion at Cargy, France - geladen - 2013
Vincent Abadie Hafez aka Zepha – Roots and letters, group show Street Art Invasion at Cargy, France

His work has been featured in Arabic Graffiti, a book by Don Stone Karl and Pascal Zoghbi, which presents the beautiful fusion of traditional Arabic calligraphy styles and modern graffiti techniques. Amongst Zepha, the book includes the artwork and thoughts of Hassan Massoudy, eL Seed, L’ATLAS, Typism, and many more.

Vincent Abadie Hafez has participated in many exhibitions and art festival worldwide, including in France, Germany, Morocco, Spain, Liban, Switzerland, Qatar and Tunisia.
In May 2015, his art was included in group show Concrete Alphabets at 886 Geary Gallery in San Francisco.

He is represented by BC Gallery in Berlin, Germany and David Bloch Gallery in Marrakech, Morocco.

Palimpsest Series – Mixed Medias on Canvas

Vincent Abadie Hafez - Ma destinee- video 2012
Vincent Abadie Hafez – Ma destinee

Vincent Abadie Hafez lives and works in Toulouse, France.

All Images Courtesy © Vincent Abadie Hafez

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015Crossing paths X the intersection of memories, with Carlos Mare David Bloch Gallery, Marrakech, MarroccoDuo
2015Rosa Parks 500 m muralRue d' Aubervillier, ParisMural
2015KunstwollenJed Voras Gallery, ParisSolo
2015Mural, Street artMohammed VI Museum, RabatMural
2015MasterstrokesCubes Art Gallery DubaiGroup
2015Concrete alphabets886 Geary gallery , San Francisco, USAGroup
20153rd Urban Art BiennaleUNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, the Volklingen IronworksMural
2015MuralInstitut Français d’AgadirMural
2015Visual utteranceCubes Art Gallery DubaiGroup
2014World’s longest graffiti record projectDubai, UAEGroup
2014OrnementsCroix Baragnon Gallery, ToulouseGroup
2014MuralSt Denis, La ReunionMural
2014Mural Dialogos, Saragosse, EspagneMural
2014Mural Velorution, Copenhagen, DenmarkMural
2014Djerbahood ProjectTunisiaGroup
2014MuralTarifa, SpainMural
2014Tres culturasPavillon du Maroc, Sevilla, SpainGroup
2014A major minoritySan FranciscoGroup
2014Cursive MonumentaleConseil General de la Haute Garonne, Espace Roguet, Toulouse, FranceGroup
2013Streets festivalTunisiaMural
2013Graff meBeirut, LebanonMural
2013Symbiose de deux mondesCollective ExhibitionGroup
2013ModernWritten Art Foundation, MoroccoGroup
2013HypergraphiaGallery BC, BerlinGroup
2013MuralKatara Village Doha, QatarMural
2012indigo DubGallery David Bloch Casablanca, MoroccoSolo
2012UnknownContemporary Art Platform, KuwaitGroup
2012UnknownFAKT Gallery, Bale, SwitzerlandGroup
2012White WallBeirut Art centre, Beirut, LebanonGroup
2011Inside JobGallery David Bloch, Casablanca, MoroccoSolo
2010MuralToulouse, SaragossaMural
2010Summer graffitiRignac, FranceGroup
2010Abstract WritingGalerie particuliere, Noumea, New CaledoniaGroup
2009Au pied du mur, Private ExhibitionMix Art Myrys, Toulouse, FranceSolo
2009Concentre d’urbainMix Art Myrys, Toulouse, FranceGroup
2008L’Art et la scienceLabege, FranceGroup
2008Effet vers sensGalerie Particuliere, Caramans, FranceGroup
2008Urban JalousieTeheran, IranGroup