Saint Hoax is the pseudonymous of this Syrian artist, satirist and sociopolitical activist. He combines politics with pop culture to create PoPlitically incorrect statements. By manipulating images and icons, Hoax creates beautiful visual lies that tell an ugly truth.
Because of his art he has even received death threats but it hasn’t stopped him (b*tch, please). He’s opened up about his unique and insane story, and you should feel so lucky because there’s so little about this über-successful artist out there:
Your case is quite particular: you’re a worldwide known artist and “Insta-popular”,your message is controversial, yet there’s almost no info about you to be found. Is this intentional? How so?
After publishing my first art series “War Drags You Out” I received a lot of death threats due to the fact that I portrayed King Abdullah (previous king of Saudi Arabia) as a drag queen. A lot of Saudis weren’t humored by this depiction. I realized then that in order for me to freely express myself without any censorship, I have to remain anonymous.
Being raised in a war-torn region triggers the activist within you. You eventually lear how to use your voice to talk about everything that is bothering you. I chose to do this through satire.
When did you start creating art?
Ever since I was a little boy. However, I started publishing my work under the name “Saint Hoax” in 2014.
Do you do it more for fun or for the message?
Both! The whole purpose of what I do is to send out a certain message through entertainment.
You use images of many celebrities, from showbiz to politics; has any of these personalities ever called you out?
From what I heard, most of the celebrities that I feature find my satire extremely entertaining. I might be too critical at times, but never offensive.
Things that occur around me on daily basis inspire my work.
You define yourself as a sociopolitical activist; could you tell us a bit more about this?
I’ve used my work to voice out various issues such as domestic violence, incest, fur
trade, eating disorders… This is something that I’ve always been passionate about.
You’ve invented the term “poplitically incorrect”, what is this exactly?
It’s both actually. I define it as the politics of popular culture and the popular culture
You are currently exhibiting your work in Bangkok, what made you choose this city for it?
When I was exhibiting my work in Beirut, a Bangkok based art gallery approached me. They asked if I would be interested in showcasing my work in Bangkok. Of course I said yes!
Since you’re not really about getting your picture taken, do you actually mingle
around the visitors, or rather stay anonymous?
I always mingle! In my last exhibition in Bangkok I got to talk to people about my work and they had no idea I was the artist. It was great because I got their honest feedback.
What art piece from your collections is your all-time favorite?
My favorite project is “Happy Never After”. It has a very strong message that I’m keen
Is there any artist you look up to?
If you’re a loud artist like myself, a lot of people are going to get offended by your statements. Don’t EVER let that hold you back. The angrier they get, the more you are heard.
What’s next for Saint Hoax?
On the 15th of September, I will be having my first solo show in New York in the Guy Hepner art gallery. The exciting thing about this show is that I will be displaying paintings. I have used this medium in the past, but I never displayed any of the work as I was focusing on digital art.
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