Fouad Bellamine' biography

Fouad Bellamine was born in Fez, Morocco, in 1950.

In 1967, Fouad Bellamine went to the Casablanca School of Applied Arts and pursued a career in painting. In 1972, Fouad Bellamine’s work was exhibited for the first time in Rabat. The same year, he became a plastic arts teacher at a university level. He then completed his education by getting an art diploma from the University of La Sorbonne, Paris 1.

During the 70’s, Fouad Bellamine took great interest in the debate on the problems of identity in Morocco and its repercussion on art and culture. This subject led him later state that “there is no Moroccan painting, only Moroccan painters...”

The evolution of art in the West fascinates Fouad Bellamine and he is attentive to all present-day artistic trends. He is among the first “installationnists” in Morocco. However, painting is his passion. His first solo exhibition was in 1980 in Paris where he resided for over ten years. Fouad Bellamine’s minimalist abstract style has undertaken a gradual evolution since its development in his early teens, but his special relationship with light and its expression and manipulation on the canvas have remained omnipresent throughout his career. Many of his works also pursue architectural forms of experiences with the medina of Fez: for example, dome ceilings, whitewashed walls and adjacent skylines are abstracted by smears, drips and movement in the painted surface.

The dynamic nature of his work lies in how the form or object of the picture effects the creation of light and shadow that is constantly reworked in Fouad Bellamine’s painted surface.

Fouad Bellamine’s work can be found in the permanent collection at the Arab World institute, the National Fund of Contemporary Art in Paris, the Art Modern Museum in Paris, the Kinda Foundation as well as the Art Modern Museum of Qatar.

Fouad Bellamine lives and works between Paris and Rabat.

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