My paintings are inspired by different periods in my life. The strokes and images are like diary entries, witnesses of the events that shaped me
Born in a small village in southern Morocco, the sixth in a family of ten, Abdelaziz left home at just 15, to pursue his passion for art. Now living with his wife in the resort city of Agadir, Abdelaziz has developed a distinctive style that draws on his own experiences in life and blends Cubism with a vibrant palette of oil paints.
Using acrylic on canvas, Abdelaziz paints humorous and whimsical portraits of Moroccan characters. His subjects drink tea, smoke cigarettes and play music to charm snakes. Vibrant colours and unexpected twists and turns bring the scenes to life.
Incredible and distorted facial expressions combine with everyday scenes of the Djemma el Fna to fill each canvas with colour. The 20th century artistic movement of Cubism developed in an era of increased mechanisation. Abdelaziz’s characters, however exude warmth and humour, engaged in distinctly unmechanised activities – serving orange juice and pulling out teeth!