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AZIZ EL HADRI (Morocco, Essaouira b. 1961 / act: Essaouira)

Aziz El Hadri Aziz El Hadri is an intellectual painter living in Morocco. He was born in 1961 at Essaouira, a fishing port on the Atlantic coast of Morocco, into a large family, the eldest of seven children. Essaouira has long been a resort for artists such as Orson Wells to whom a memorial has been erected there.

El Hadri's paternal uncle was a fine figurative painter and an illustrator, who received awards for his work during the French Protectorate of Morocco. His first contact with art was during his childhood; he particularly involved himself in Impressionism and revealed his 'personal icon' to be Vincent van Gogh's Sunflowers. After primary and high school education, he took his degree at the Sorbonne in Paris.

In his art El Hadri has mastered the art of miniaturization. His conception of his role as artist is to acknowledge the diversity of nature. He says it is, thereby, that he sustains art's healing power. He exhibited some of his work at Wimbledon Fine Art, London, in 2005. El Hadri also writes novels and works in the theater.

[Megakles Rogakos 06/2008]

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