Abdelaziz Haounati was raised in southern Morocco in a small village of mud huts as the sixth child of ten in a poor shepherd family. His aptitude and natural skill as a fine arts painter began to take shape after losing his mother to another childbirth. We may call him the Moroccan Picasso in a contemporary version. His style is inspired by Cubism, pioneered by Pablo Picasso.
Despite his family’s lack of support for his artistic endeavours, he persisted in his call. “My paintings are inspired by different periods in my life. Being witnesses of the experiences that shaped me, strokes and images are like diary entries…” He left his home at the tender age of fifteen in the name of art, and committed his life to painting.
His paintings feature vibrant and energetic portraits of Moroccans in a figurative context. Haounati’s subjects are filled with intense emotion; communicate through indescribable facial expressions, asymmetric body postures, and a lustrous palette of colour. “I’ve always been interested in the face and the figure, which has led me to non-traditional portraiture, rendered with strong colours, patterns and detail. I love humour and whimsical art that prevent taking life too seriously.”
Each painting features a rich and provocative scheme of shades and blends which breathes life into each work. Haounati´s brush strokes parade through every piece and the range of vibrancy can be found in unexpected twists, turns and lines that add dramatic elements to his creations. “The process of painting allows me to connect to a power greater than myself. It is said that the world becomes a better place when each person connects to their joy…so I paint because I feel free and full of love. I believe that the key ingredient in art is love… it is adding love and energy that makes a piece work. The experience of creating is the best part of the journey.”
That tells us Haounati is passionate about art. “I believe that every work of art, if listened to, tells its own story…and continues on its own journey after it leaves my hands.”