Alexandrian artist Shady Habiba renders portraits dominated by a sense of distortion: the ratios are skewed, the backgrounds are flattened, and all the surfaces are fragmented. These surfaces are created by duplicates of crops from different digital images with different visual textures. Each finished piece is printed in several copies which are cut and re-pasted again to give additional layers to the collage. These processes of duplicating, fragmenting, layering, and distorting echo the mechanisms of modern production and mass commercialism so dominant today.
Born in 1996, Habiba studied Graphic Design. During this study, Habiba was introduced to digital techniques, which he then implemented in his work. He spent two winters at the Fayoum Art Center focusing more on painting. After working with paper collage, he moved on to digital collage three years ago, which gives him more flexibility in the possible outcomes.