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Abdellah El Haitout
b. 1971, Morocco

"Painting is the only way for us to remain children."

Abdellah El Haitout, is an established Moroccan artist. In his earlier years, Abdallah studied art, philosophy and psychology, which has, no doubt, influenced his creative mind. At first glance his work appears chaotic and incomprehensible, but after spending some time scanning his paintings, we can see past experiences, representation of material objects, and playful movement.

Abdallah writes, "I like the intimate act. The superposition of different material and paint highlight the theme of concealment and transparency with mixed media like acrylic, ink and pens. I add these necessities of drawing and graphics, I try to be as simple as I can. I am currently looking for challenges imposed by sensitive work. The main objective of this intervention is to solve the aesthetic exercise, in general, and to see how the collage of objects and elements that belongs to everyday reality can serve my work, as well as to diversify and enrich my pictorial and visual language. And before all that, I try to be as simple and spontaneous, I like this language about neglected surfaces: doors and walls, and I want to reproduce it on my canvas. As an adventure or rather an intimate act, superimpose different materials and use paint highlighting the theme of concealment and transparency, with mixed techniques: acrylic, ink, pens, charcoal, pigments, oil painting. .. are all acts that give my work the desired sensitivity".

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Credentials

Works in Museum collection
Biennale participant
Award winner

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Artist Statement

I stick on my paint for a long time, helplessly and slavishly in a great and pleasurable confusion. I don’t know what to leave or what to ruin, or what to omit, or neglect. I even scream alone. I don’t know anything, otherwise, my friend, painting is an ordeal.

I quote from Paul Auster and I say:
"You find the painting where you work on it; that is the adventure. I love the challenge of collage, and the possibilities that are opened up in front of me, the work of the torn paper, crumpled or ripped and glued up pieces of paper. Additionally, I like the intimate act. The superposition of different materials and paint highlight the theme of concealment and transparency with mixed media like acrylic, ink and pens. I add the necessities of drawing and graphics. I also meditate at length. I try to be as simple as I can, I like this movement on the surfaces of doors and walls, and I like to pass on my painting. Inspiration is everywhere, and the artist must start from what is local to transcend it, traveling beyond and reaching what is global and universal. Like Naguib Mahfouz, one must start from “where I am.” The Urban scenery is a rich material that I exploit. A contemporary artist must draw on contemporary subjects. Technical capability should guide the artist in the development of his work, pleasant warmth or a wild and sour chilliness. These elements are a reminder of my childhood, which I spent in open air. There, I learned to become familiar with the surroundings and tried to tame the wildness of this space. In my later works, I’ve chosen to intervene on pre-worked supports, fully or partially, like calendars, catalogs, or collage of paper and cardboard paper - trying to go beyond what has already been created".


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CV

Education

1991 Baccalaureate in visual arts (Rabat)
1993 Diploma in Psychology
1998 Winner of the Regional Educational Center of Rabat


Selected Exhibitions

2020 Collective exhibition, Sahar K. Boluki Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2020 'Une Nouvelle Génération', Abla Ababou Gallery, Rabat, Morocco
2020 'Ittijahat', Dar Hessa for arts, Doha, Qatar
2020 'Contemporary Arab Artists', Stal gallery, Muscat, Oman
2020 'Trais Tâche Trace', Elbirou gallery, Sousse, Tunisia
2019 - 2020 'Osmosis', Villa 7, Rabat, Morocco
2019 Bait Al Zubair 2nd International Art Forum, Muscat, Oman
2019 'Contemporary Arab Artists', Stal gallery, Muscat, Oman
2019 'Vibrations', Kent Gallery, Tanger, Morocco
2018 - 2019 'More roses', Espace Expressions CDG, Rabat, Morocco
2018 'Pour l'amour du papier', solo paper exhibition in the French Institute, Kénitra - Morocco
2017 GLOBAL ART PROJECT group exhibition at Baupres Gallery Mazatlan, Mexico
2017 Souad Al-Sabah Arab Biennial, Kuwait City, Kuwait
2017 Wagen Art collective exhibition in Rabat, Morocco
2016 'Build on the Use', the Nadar Gallery, Casablanca, Morocco
2016 Collective exhibition, Ins Blaue-Art Gallery Remscheid, Germany
2016 Global Art Paper 2 , Gelsenkirchen, Germany
2016 'Al Maken', Tunis, Tunisia
2015 Regency collective international exhibition Art, Doha, Qatar
2016 'Al Maken', Tunis, Tunisia
2015 Collective Exhibition, Brussels, Belgium
2015 Regency collective international exhibition Art, Doha, Qatar
2013 'Freeman', the Nadar Gallery, Casablanca, Morocco
2013 Individual exhibition, gallery Mohammed El Fassi, Rabat, Morocco
2013 2nd national exhibition of contemporary art, sacred heart cathedral, Casablanca, Morocco
2012 'Ittijahat trend', Exhibition Gallery of the Library, Hassan II mosque, Casablanca, Morocco


Artist Residencies

2019 Art and Friendship residency of art, Marrakech, Morocco
2017 Souad Al-Sabah Arab Biennal, Kuwait City, Kuwait
2016 Azemmour International Residence of Art, Morocco
2015 Workshop, MAC, Assilah, Morocco
2015 'Al Maken - In Situ', Sidi Bou Said International art residency, Tunisia
2015 Doha International Residence of Art, Morrocco
2014 Azemmour International Residence of Art, Morocco


Award

2017 Souad Al-Sabah Biennale Award, Kuwait


Permanent Collections

Mohammed VI Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rabat, Morocco.
Bait Al Zubair, Muscat, Oman.
Moroccan Parliament, Rabat, Morocco.
Biennale Souad Al-Sabah, Kuwait City, Kuwait.
Caisse de Dépot et de Gestion (CDG) Group, Rabat, Morocco.
Regency Collections, Doha, Qatar.
Ministry of Culture, Rabat, Morocco


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