Born in 1974 in Oran, Algeria. She lives and works in Bordeaux, France.
After graduating from École nationale supérieure des Beaux- Arts of Paris, Dalila Dalléas Bouzar left for a 6 months long art residency in Oran, Algeria. From 2010 to 2014, she lived in berlin where she participated in several international exhibitions. During this time, she returned to her preferred medium: drawing. Through its history and memorials, the city of Berlin inspired her. In 2011, she returned to Algeria to she returned to Algeria to develop a reflection on the memory of the traumatic history of the Algerian independence war and the civil war that occurred during the nineties. Nowadays, Dalila Dalléas Bouzar essentially draws and paints. She punctually works in 3D using materials such as plaster, cement or wax.
‘‘ Self-portrait, child portrait, hotel rooms and architecture drawings, child sculpture made of reinforced concrete, warrior penguins made of plaster, colors – green, umber, raw umber, burnt sienna, Prussian blue, cereleum, ultramarine, titanium white, zinc white, pink, flesh pink. My painting is a quest for flesh pink. The pink of the skin, of the flesh. I’m obsessed with pink. Pink makes me think of cannibalism. Eating human flesh. Eating yourself. The taboo. Since I started painting, I paint self-portraits, as if it were a statement, as if I had to convince myself that I exist. Algerian, born from a construction worker father who immigrated to France, I used to admire art from afar. Painting, a supreme and sacred art to my eyes has particularly always been taboo to me. Through painting, I free myself. I free myself of my personal history and of the contemporary history of the world, which dictates that an African female artist coming from European ex-colonies must do new media, art and talk about topical issues, and above all must not express herself through painting. Drawing is my foundation, painting is my main field, sculpture is its natural extension.’’ Dalila Dalléas Bouzar