Hisham Echafaki is a self-taught painter and sculptor with a fascination for nature and the animal world.  Working in oil, acrylic resin or clay, his work focuses on surrealist compositions with animals, in particular endangered species and examines the impact that humankind exerts on the environment’s fragile balance.

Whilst his artwork evokes a sense of wonderment for nature’s colours and patterns, it often incorporates anthropomorphic and ‘trompe-l’oeil’ features that engage the viewer to reflect on our complex relationship with the animal world as well as the importance of conservation and protection of our planet’s rich diversity.

Hisham Echafaki also paints multidimensional animals on Perspex or on resin to give the optical illusion that they are or were once real specimen. Presented as faux taxidermy some animals often display anthropomorphic features on their wings or bodies with recognizable patterns found in art, design, science or architecture while others are simply more lifelike. Each piece is a tribute to the beautiful intricacy and complexity of the animal world but also a critique of how humans are affecting and shaping evolutionary changes in animal species.

Selected Exhibitions

2023 Summer Show, Group Exhibition, Adlib Gallery, London (upcoming)

2023 Queer Frontiers, Group show, Artiq, London

2022 Memorabilia Naturae, Solo show, Museum Jean Larcena, Val d’Ocre, France

2022 Wild and Wonderful, Group show, 508 Gallery/ Bobcat Gallery, London

2021 The Other Art Fair, Saatchi, London

2020 ‘Forces’ Group Show, ArtNumber23, London

2020 Relationships: an Artist’s perspective Group show, BOS Gallery, Dublin

2019 Musee de La Poste, Commissioned Mural, Paris

2019 The Other Art Fair, Saatchi, Los Angeles

2018 The Other Art Fair, Saatchi, London

2017 The Other Art Fair, Saatchi, Bristol

2017 ‘Flourish’  Group Show, Chelsea Fringe, Espacio Gallery, London

2017 Talented Art Fair London

2016 ‘Codes of Faith’ Group Show,  Laura I Gallery, London

2015 Lusus Naturae Solo Show, Butterfly Art News, London

2013 ‘The Many Faces of David Bowie’ Group Show, Opera Gallery, London

2013 ‘Paris Match Covers’ Group Show, Opera Gallery, Paris

2012 Candid Arts Trust Group Show, London

2011 Solo show, Kufa Gallery, London