Sislej Xhafa

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Sislej Xhafa
Sislej Xhafa at Art Basel exhibition (2019)
Born1970 (age 53–54)
NationalityKosovo Albanian
Known forContemporary art
Notable workPadiglione Clandestino Albanese (1997); Pleasure our Flower (2000); Again and Again (2000); Y (2011)
Portrait during a workshop with students of Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, 2015
Sislej Xhafa, Axis of Silence, 2009, part of the Neon Parallax public art project, Geneva

Sislej Xhafa (born 1970 in Peja, Kosovo) is an Kosovar contemporary artist, based in New York.

In a Hatje Cantz Verlag monograph about the artist, art critic Guido Molinari writes "The condition of relentless traveler, throughout the West and beyond, allows Sislej Xhafa to keep in constant touch with current social, economic and aesthetic shifts and pour these back into his own works. The relationship between him and these international mutations is void of any rhetoric or politically correct solutions. It takes shape, rather, through the development of complex, but mainly light, conceptual strategies. Approaching humor at times, by means of a clear-cut point of view reversal or unexpected elaboration on a simple stereotype, the work offers an insight into the core of social unease without triggering rejection mechanisms. Xhafa's aim, indeed, is to give our minds tiny rushes of energy, without the deadlock of excess shock value."[1]

He is represented by Galleria Continua, San Gimignano / Beijing / Le Moulin.


Elegant Sick Bus at Modern Art Oxford

Xhafa has exhibited widely, including:


  • Hardau City Park Y, Zürich; Supported by City of Zürich, ZHDK and IFCAR 2009-2011 [1]
  • "Axis of Silence" in collaboration with Contemporary Art Fund of the City and Canton of Geneva (Fmac and FCAC) Plaine de Plainpalais; Geneva 2008
  • Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella 2001
  • Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Premio Querini- Furla per l'Arte, Venice 2000
  • Onufri National Gallery, Tirana 1999


  1. ^ Molinari, Guido. Sislej Xhafa. Ostfildern-Ruit: Hatje Cantz, 2005. pg 15. ISBN 3-7757-1685-8


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