Zakaria Ramhani was born in 1983 in Tangier, Morocco.
He was introduced to painting very early in his father’s studio. He obtained his art plastic diploma and worked as an art teacher in Morocco but gave up quickly the public service to devote himself to his art.
Since 2006, Zakaria has carried out a project entitled “From Right to Left” in which he explores the relations between the art of portrait and the Arabic and Latin calligraphy.
Zakaria developed a particular language where the Arab or Latin written form is used as a pictorial gesture serving the figurative. This action painting puts rhythm into the artist’s paintings and endows it with a density rarely equalled, owing to a riots of lines and multiplication of letters. The originality of his work lies in the fact that the final picture includes, in a perfect order, the profusion of the graphic sense of a line to raising them to the rank of a simple line drawn by a painter.
Zakaria has shown his work in several exhibitions. Among the international collective exhibitions, in which he showed his work, we can mention the Arab World Institut of Paris (France), the Bahrain National Museum and Barbican Centre of London (United Kingdom), the 8th Biennale of Dak’art (May 2008), where he represented his country; Word Into Art , organized by the British Museum of London at the International Financial Centre of Dubai .Intermoenia Extrart, Barletta , Italy (under the direction of Achille Bonito Oliva ) In December 2008, he was invited to the 11th Cairo Biennale In Egypt. He appears regularly in auctions including Christie’s (Dubai).
His work can be found in prestigious art collections such as the Vanhaerent art collection Brussels Belgium ,Museum of Cotemporary African Art MACAAL, Marrakesh Morocco Bank Al Maghrib Museum (Morocco), Jean-Paul Blachère’s Foundation (France) the Barjeel Foundation (EAU), , Alain Dominique Perrin (Cartier-France Foundation), , and the Olympic chinese committee, China.
Zakaria Ramhani’s works have been featured in top-notch art publications and newspapers including the New York Times, Al Arabia, CNN, and Al Jazeera.
In 2010, he was listed by Artprice in the top ten artists aged under thirty who had achieved the highest auction results in the world
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He lives and works between Montreal, Canada, and Tangier Morocco.