A Technique inspired by modern times

About the Artist

Zakaria Ramhani was born in Tangiers in 1983. He is the son of an artist known for tackling classical issues about Morocco. He graduated from the Department of Plastic Arts at the Centre pédagogique régional de Tanger (The Regional Pedagogical Center of Tangiers). He started his research with a group of works that depicted the isolation of the human body in an expressionist way that employed structure and colors together with symbolic components that endowed his work with a narrative aura. In 2006, he became the youngest Moroccan artist to get residency in the Cité internationale des arts (The International City of Arts) in Paris. The grant was awarded by the Moroccan and French ministries of culture.

“Characters are not the centre of my focus, but rather the painting per se,” says the Moroccan artist Zakaria Ramhani. However, characters remain the essence of his paintings.

Zakaria Ramhani: My artworks are based on two levels: first, divide the picture to letters and words and second, focus on the painting itself.”

Zakaria, who shuttles between his homeland Morocco and home in Canada, was born into a family of artists. His father was a famous painter.

The artist says the Internet contributes to the techniques employed in his paintings. His unique style involves massive blending of letters to the extent they morph into spacious colors, lights and shadows.

Zakaria Ramhani: I have a great interest in the images on the net and other media networks which shed light on the Arab World.

When asked about the message of his paintings, Zakaria said there is no specific meaning and the important thing is to reproduce pictures of interest for the Arab street.