The Power of Art #19 Larbi Cherkaoui

Larbi Cherkaoui  attained a Diploma in Applied Arts after attending a number of training courses, in particular engraving at the French Institute in Marrakesh, where he lives and works as a painter, calligrapher and Professor of Applied Arts. 

Cherkaoui’s powerful and painterly abstractions explore and emphasise the Arabic script.  His paintings in distinct writing patterns suggest an endless expansion of the visual field. Secretive glyphs and vivid colours are applied to canvas surfaces, achieving lyrical and stunning masterpieces. Cherkaoui perpetuates his art through constant experimentation, coupled with his instinctual relationship to the sign and the appearance of the letter, a vernacular he fully understands and masters.  


Larbi Cherkaoui, 'Untitled', 2012, oil on canvas, H800 mm x W1600 mm


Courtesy and ©Larbi Cherkaoui and Renée Pfister 2020.


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