Hocine Ziani was born in 1953, in Algeria, lives and works in France
He is an autodidactartist
Professional painter since 1978-1993 in Algeria, 1994-2012 in France
Founding member of the Central Army Museum, Algiers
Affiliated to the “Maison des Artistes”, Paris
Member of the ADAGP, Paris
Member of the International Fine arts Academy, Quebec  
Prizewinner of the Academy of Arts, Paris
Gold medal, International exhibition, Vittel, France
First Grand prix, Show of the Lords of Art, Arles, France
First Grand prix, Great National Official reception, Nantes, France
First Grand prix, Gold medal, International, Grande Motte, France
He obtained several medals in the Show of the Company of the French Artists, Paris
Prizewinner of the Academy of Arts-Sciences-Lettres, Paris


Hocine Ziani's life can be regarded as a novel or even as a fairy tale. Born in Algeria about 59 years ago from a very humble family, brought up in the same surrounding, there were no reasons whatsoever for him to become the international famous artist he is now. Except that as a little boy he had one and unique passion- which forced him to steal pieces of chalk from his school- drawing, drawing at all cost and anywhere. Nature, his childhood village, its inhabitants and his family were his favourite subjects, which he has reproduced over and over. Out of tenacity and perseverance and far from any cultural influence, Hocine Ziani has developed his personality and a way of painting proper to him. Ziani has worked his life long to improve his art, to impose his style, mingling the realism and hyperrealism of his foreground to the abstract aspects we can see in the background. Above all he is the painter of his native Algeria, of its particular light and shades. He has painted all the aspects of it, from the huge battle scenes which were ordered by the government and where he has mastered the perspective, the colour and the composition to avoid repetitions, to the most simple scenes of everyday life. Hocine Ziani has tried all styles: portraits, still-life, landscapes, historical paintings, fantasias, the splendour as well as the extreme simplicity of life in the Sahara. Little by little through the years Ziani has aimed at more sobriety and simplicity realizing that too many details, characters or objects would block the overview and weaken the composition of the painting. He has worked on the contrast between the foreground and the background having the latter faint into a luminous dust resembling a mirage. His work has thus gained in strength and power that are unequalled.

Clara Pozniakoff, french art critical


Official recognitions  

Acquisitions by:

  • 1985 - National Art Museum, Algeria
  • 1984 to 1999 - Army Central Museum, Algeria
  • 1985 to 1992 - Republic President, Algeria
  • 1986 - President Fidel Castro, Cuba
  • 1987 - Prince Rachid of Morocco
  • 1991 -Instituto Nacional Sanmartiniano, Buenos-Aires
  • 1992 - Culture Ministry, Algeria
  • 2000 - Post Museum, Paris, France
  • 2001 - National Assembly, Algeria
  • 2001 - Artéum, Art Contemporary Museum, Aix-en-Provence, France
  • 2003 - President Hugo Chavez, Venezuela
  • 2007 - Constitutional Council, Algeria
  • 2008 - Royal Family, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • 2009 - ADACH, Authority for Culture and Heritage, Abu-Dhabi

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