Abouelouakar, Mohamed
Born 1946 in Marrakech, Morocco
Lives and works in Casablanca, Morocco
Mohamed Abouelouakar devoted his time to painting after a rich career in filmmaking. From 1966 to 1973, he joined the Moscow Film Institute for his postgraduate studies. Hadda, the first movie he directed in 1984, won the Grand Prize of the National Festival of Moroccan Film. Abouelouakar’s paintings are influenced by Russian lyricism and Byzantine miniatures. Many of his old paintings are characterized by bright colours and a profusion of figures that do not leave any space on the canvas without a formal and chromatic treatment. The artist draws his inspiration from fables and mythology as an imaginary territory where the utmost freedom of painting is possible. Abouelouakar is able to work on small formats as well as on monumental surfaces. His 2005 intervention at the Al Hank lighthouse in Casablanca demonstrates his ability to handle large surfaces. His work can be found, among others, in the Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden, Morocco; Attijariwafa bank, Morocco; ONA Foundation, Morocco; Alliances Group, Morocco; Société Générale, Morocco and the Artoteek, the Netherlands.
Mohamed Abouelouakar, First, 2017, Acrylic on paper, 77 x 57 cm. Courtesy L'Atelier 21