Mohamed Abouelouakar's biography

Mohamed Abouelouakar was born in 1946 in Marrakech.

He devoted his time to painting after a rich career in film making. From 1966 to 1973, he dis his postgraduate studies at the Moscow Film Institute. Hadda, his first feature which he directed in 1984, won the grand prize of the 2ndNational Festival of the Moroccan film. Abouelouakar is also an art photographer.

His experience in the film industry marked his paintings in which his compositions are cleverly orchestrated.

Mohamed Abouelouakar's paintings are influenced by the Russian lyricism and Byzantine miniature. 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 corpus of figures, the symbols and the atmosphere that he depicts are all borrowed from western repertoire but always interpreted through the references of his own culture.

Abouelouakar is able to work on small formats as well as on monumental surfaces. His intervention, in 2005, at the Al Hank lighthouse in Casablanca shows his ability to handle large surfaces.

His works can be found in the collection of Attijariwafa bank (Morocco), the MACAAL (Morocco), the ONA Foundation (Morocco) or the Artoteek (the Netherlands).

Mohamed Abouelouakar lives and works between Morocco & Russia.

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