MaMa is a self taught painter who was born in 1982 and raised in Tunisia before settling in France in 2004.

 

He started to paint while he was around 10 years old after his father, a wooden toys maker, offered him a book called "L'Art de Voir" (The Art of Seeing). Since then, he intensely dissected his parents' painting collection, mostly composed of Tunisian artists of the 20th century.

 

Through the years traveling and living abroad, spending countless hours in the museums of modern and contemporary art, his desire to create became a vital need enhanced by life cycle events.

His work is essentially autobiographical, resulting from his daily observations, his lived experiences and raw emotions. His creative process raises philosophical and sociological questions, always in search of universality.

MaMa is exploring human vibrations and emotions through a research focused on both abstraction in the portraits and new forms of representation. He uses video, photography and more precisely the pixelation of numerical images in exploring human figures while constantly experimenting new technics.

 

 

Selected shows :

 

Art Capital, Salon des Artistes Français, Grand Palais, Paris

Art Actuel France / Japon, National Art Center, Tokyo

First Solo Show, Retrospective, Centre Culturel Foranim, Paris

1480Km, 12 artists, La La Lande Gallery, Paris

Salon d’Automne de Paris, Champs Elysées, Paris

Art Capital, Salon du Dessin et Peinture à l’Eau, Grand Palais, Paris

Salao de Outono da America Latina, Galeria Marta Traba Do Memorial Da America Latina, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Biennale d’art contemporain SAI-Sarria, Abadia de Samos, Spain

Collective shows with Amis du Salon d’Automne de Paris (Galerie Béatrice Bellat)

Salon International de Vittel - Art’East, Palais des Congrès de Vittel

Salon de Versailles, Carré à la Farine, Versailles

Awards : 

Painting Medal at the 150th anniversary of Salon de Versailles, France 

 

Selected for Painting III Master class with Austrian painter Lois Renner, Palazzo Zenobio, Venice, Italy

  © Maher Maaoui