Omar Mahfoudi was born in 1981 in Tangier, Morocco. For the past 20 years he was painting, taking photos and filming the contradictions of his country and of modern world.

Omar Mahfoudi est né en 1981 dans un Tanger sur le seuil d’une renaissance. Il a grandi au cœur de la médina, parmi les chats qui dorment au soleil, les artisans ébénistes et les tailleurs, à l’ombre du palais des mille et une nuits déserté par le futile fantôme de Barbara Hutton et dans la rugosité des appels à la prière tonitrués par la proche et puissante zaouia soufie de la confrérie des Derkaoui. Ses voisins étaient pêcheurs, petits fonctionnaires approchant de la retraite et vendeurs de haschich et de cigarettes au détail, dinandiers et faux guides, bazaristes et maçons. Tout cela est un monde et tout cela est une vie. Dès ses dix-neuf ans, par son charme et son opiniâtreté, par toutes les promesses dont il était porteur - et, ce qui est rare, qu’il a tenues - il a pu exposer ses balbutiements dans tous les espaces d’art et de culture de sa ville. 

philippe guiguet bologne 
Tanger
2018

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PRESS

« Influencé par Francis Bacon, il est l’un des artistes les plus en vogue de la scène tangéroise. Avec ses grosses lunettes qui cachent un regard affuté, il est de toutes les performances artistiques et incarne le renouveau créatif de Tanger ». Philippe Dana pour Grazia, avril 2017

2021

Arab News, October 2021 : «Omar Mahfoudi, une fascination pour l'errance» Read

Maroc Hebdo, September 2021: « Etre plasticien, c’est un hommage à mon père» Read

Contemporary And, August 2021: « Omar Mahfoudi: "Waiting in the Oasis"» Read

On Art Media, July 2021: « Omar Mahfoudi Presents "Waiting in the Oasis" » Read

Bordeaux Gazette, June 2021: « Exposition "Ailleurs est ici" : voyage en métissage culturel » Read

France Info, April 2021: « Une nouvelle génération": la galerie Abla Ababou expose à Rabat des œuvres de 14 jeunes artistes marocains» Read

Diptyk Mag, Feb 2021: « [Expo] Quitter le bruit et la fureur des villes ?» Read

2020

Diptyk Mag, April 2020 : « Ping Pong Theory: Omar Mahfoudi» Read

2019

Diptyk Mag, novembre 2019 : « Vibration d'une nature inquiète » - read

Telquel, octobre 2019 : « Couleur nature » - read

Medi1 radio, octobre 2019 pour l’exposition Botanica et Telquel magazine, Tanger expérience - hear 

Diptyk Mag, été 2019 : « La peinture figurative, le retour » (dossier de 12 pages sur 4 peintres) 

The Art Newspaper, été 2019 : « L’émergence d’une scène alternative à Tanger »

2018

Interview / portrait for the Tangier pocket city magazine in the February issue (page 40) - read

Interview for my "Tanjawi" Paris exhibition in Huffingtonpost Maroc (partner of the show) in May - read

Interview for my "Tanjawi" Paris exhibition in Diptyk magazine (partner of the show) in June - read

Interview for my "Tanjawi" Paris exhibition in Onorient webmagazine (partner of the show) in June - read

Portrait of the day for the Inrockuptibles for my "Tanjawi" Paris exhibition - June - read

Video portrait for the Pomegranates & burdaqan website for my "Tanjawi" Paris exhibition - June

Interview / special feature on Moroccon painters in Diptyk magazine this summer

2017

Focus of the Diptyk magazine for the Paris international art fair AKAA - read

Focus of the Ouest-France newspaper amongst the 10 artists to see at the art fair AKAA - read

Mentions on Grazia France (women and then men paper magazines) for articles about Tangier

Mentions on Lioumness magazine about my residency at jardin Rouge Marrakech - read 

Mention in Beaux-Arts magazine for the 1-page article about my residency at Jardin Rouge ,

giving the srteet-art place an new direction towards contemporary art

NEWS

2021

January: « afikaris » duet show "Quitter la Ville" – Paris (France)

June: « Artskop » " Alleurs et Ici" - Bordeaux (France)

August: « afikaris & AMA Collection » solo show "Waiting in the Oasis", Cap Ferret (France)

October: 1-54 London Art Fair 2021, London (UK)

December: « afikaris » solo show "El Dorado", Paris (France)

2020

January - April: Residency for writing a graphic novel "Cafe Navegantes" - Les Recollets international center for the arts, Paris

January: « afikaris » group show, Hôtel Renaissance, Galerie Afikaris – Paris (France)

February: Group show, Gallery 38 at 1:54 Art Fair - Marrakech, Morroco 

May (postponed): Official selection, DAK'ART international biennale of contemporary art - Dakar, Senegal

​July: « Just Art », group show, Galerie Kent - Tangier (Maroc)

​August: « La Nouvelle Vague », group show, Nando Arguelles - Marbella (Espagne)

September: « La Vague Blanche », group show, Galerie 38 - Casablanca (Maroc)

November: « carte blanche », group show, Galerie Abla Ababou - Rabat (Maroc)

November: Workshops in Parisian public libraries for the official year of the comic book in France

2019

59 Rivoli artist residency for painting - Paris  

April: live-painting at the Musee du Quai Branly national art museum for the "Before" evening named "Arabic women", Paris - France

April : "Les Egarés", solo exhibition of paintings at Chateau Trousse-Barrière in Briare, France - painting 

Summertime: workshops for kids every wednesdays and saturdays, 10 am 11am 6-10 y/o, Quartier Daguerre in Paris

September:  solo exhibition of drawings at Les Balades Sonores record shop in Paris - France

October: "Botanica, landscapes from pop abstraction to new romanticism", solo exhibition of paintings at Conil gallery - Tangier, Morocco 

November: "Tanjawi", solo exhibition of paintings at Conil gallery - Tangier, Morocco 

2018

January : creation of an artwork for a limited edition plastic glass for the Zenith (15000ex) - Paris La Villette concert venue, France

April, 6 : live painting at the Musee du Quai Branly national art museum for the "Before" evening named "Exotic?", Paris - France

April 5 to 8 : collective exhibition amongst 7 African artists at 52Lager pop-up gallery for 1:54 art fair - Switzerland

May 3 to 6 : collective exhibition amongst 7 African artists at 52Lager pop-up gallery in Zurich - Switzerland

May : "comics" workshops with kids at the independent music festival Villette Sonique, Paris - France

June, 6th to 24th : TANJAWI solo exhibition (videos, paintings, drawing and sound installation) at "Point Ephemere" art center in Paris - France

June, 30 : creation of an afternoon celebrating forgotten Moroccon musics through a political and historical disconstruction, at La Colonie, Paris - France

July : creation of exclusive drawings to illustrate the Rock en Seine festival "Family" brochure with games and trasure hunts - FranceOctober : contemporary 

September / May : 59 Rivoli artist residence - Paris  

2017

November : exhibition at the international art FAIR AKAA in Paris via Loft Gallery - painting

September / December : Cité internationale des Arts residence in Paris (with the support of Institut Français and the Moroccan culture ministry) 

August : 3-day workshop of painting for kids at Rock en Seine festival - France

May : exhibition at the contemporary drawing spring, Villa, Casablanca - Morocco 

April / May : Jardin Rouge artist residence / Montresso Foundation in Marrakech / step 2, Migrants series - painting - Morocco 

February : presentation of a program of 10 videos at the Beaux-Arts museum for the Travelling film festival, Rennes - video 

2016

October  :  3 weeks at the Jardin Rouge artist residence / Foundation Montresso in Marrakech / Military series - painting

August :     creation of a coloring wall (10m x 2m) for kids at Rock en Seine music festival, Paris - painting 

May :          drawing and video worskshop for kids at la Villette for Weather independent music festivals

April :         collective exhibition « Expectativa y Memoria », Cerculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid - video

February :  Zones Portuaires Festival, Saint-Nazaire with « Navegantes », 11 minutes (2008) - video

2015

October :   music and fashion parade made of original painted tshirts for the Nuits Sonores music festival, Tangier - paintings

August :     poster for Rock en Seine festival, Paris - drawing

May :           exposición 'Expectativa y Memoria (España-Marruecos / XX-XXI)', que reúne desde este viernes 29 de mayo al 20 de julio,

                    en el Real Alcázar de Sevilla,

June :          part of the Salon Marocain exhibition, foundacao de Serralves, Porto - videos

 March :      solo exhibition at the Formato Comodo gallery in Madrid - paintings and videos

February : Arco contemporary art fair in Madrid - paintings and videos 

February : live paintings at the Purgatoire gallery in Paris - paintings 

January :    Disorder exhibition at Galerie Delacroix by the French Institute for culture in Tangier - paintings 

January :    creation of Border independent art factory in Tangier a space for production and exhibition for visual artists

2014

December : Institut du monde arabe in Paris - video 

November  : Etopia Center for Art and Technology, Zaragoza (Es) - video

September : Tanger Tanger at the Gaite Lyrique in Paris - video