Death of Mohamed Abouelouakar, figure of Moroccan painting

Death of Mohamed Abouelouakar, figure of Moroccan painting
Death of Mohamed Abouelouakar, figure of Moroccan painting

NOTorn in 1946 in Marrakech, the deceased devoted himself to painting after a rich career in the cinema. From 1966 to 1973 he continued his higher education at the State Institute of Cinematography in Moscow. During this period, he was introduced to the works of the great masters of both Russian and Western painting.

His experience of the 7th art has greatly marked his painted works, in which the compositions are skilfully orchestrated, staged and dramatized. In the 1980s, when the artist began to work and live alternately between Morocco and Russia, appeared and, since the 1990s, have gained momentum, the themes and forms of his own mythology that ranged become the singular mark of his pictorial creation.

Mohamed Abouelouakar’s paintings are influenced by Russian lyricism and Byzantine miniature. Many of his old paintings are characterized by bright colors and an abundance of figures that do not leave a patch of the canvas untreated. We find, in his works, a corpus of figures, symbols and an atmosphere, borrowed from the Western repertoire, but always reinterpreted according to the prism and references of his own culture.

From cinema to painting via photography, Abouelouakar composed, in 1990, a set of photographs entitled “Sufi Tales”, scenography of paintings depicting a quest for inner grace. In 1984, he directed “Hadda”, the feature film, which won him the Grand Prize at the 2nd Moroccan national film festival.

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