Born in Algeria in 1972, Fayçal Baghriche grew up between two cultures, navigating an Arab culture in the private sphere and Western culture in the public realm. This particular kind of double consciousness, common to those who have migrated to culturally different societies, has provided him with a perspective defined by the superimposition of two distinct cultural filters. His practice is characterised by simple gestures, which are often attainable without recourse to any specialist expertise. Drawing on fundamental principals of image rhetoric such as subtraction, inversion, or acceleration, he creates artworks that question the schema that organises human societies.
Faycal has a diploma in Fine Arts from La Villa Arson, Nice and a BA in Dramatic Arts from Sophia Antipolis, Nice and an MA in Multimedia Creation from the National School of Fine Arts, Paris. He has exhibited widely both in France and internationally. He has participated in Brooklyn Euphoria, New York, and Dashanzi Art Festival, Beijing. He has shown his work in Outpost for Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Bielefelder Kunstverein, Germany; Al Riwaq Art Space, Bahrain; and The Museum of Modern Art Algiers, Algeria. He was included in La force de l’Art 2009, and took part in La Nuit Blanche, Paris, and Le Printemps de Septembre, Toulouse. In 2010 he showed at The Museum of Modern Art Paris, Museum of Contemporary Art Bordeaux, and Foundation Vasarely in Aix-en-Provence. In 2011 he was part of The Future of a Promise, at the 54th Venice Biennale. This year his work will be exhibited at Contemporary Art Museum, Houston; Poligono Gallery, Marbella; the Brotkunsthalle, Vienna; and Galerie Campagne Première, Berlin.
As part of A.i.R. Dubai, Faycal was commissioned to produce a site-specific work in Al Bastakiya as well as the Madinat Arena for Art Dubai Projects.