Geneva based artist, Otmane El Rhazi has been active in the UK street art scene for over a decade. El Rhazi has been token to the art of doodles; a path that would eventually land him to the College of Arts in the capital. El Rhazi likes the opportunity for scale that paste offers, and it was a natural progression from the smaller stickers he stated with years ago.|
His understanding of printmaking and savvy ability with spray paint has industrialised into a talent for painting using pencils. Otmane El Rhazi was born in Afriqua in 1982. “Going back to his youth, skateboard graphics in the 90’s and 00’s were definitely his first source of inspiration. Otmane’s played from place to place with all mediums over the years; paint, stencils and pens. Otmane's wheat-pasted photos and stickers have featured prominently across the urban landscape and the places neighbouring him.
Otmane El Rhazi also shares many contests including food tasting, samba dance and the joy of living. He enjoys traveling and painting around the world for any exhibit. El Rhazi remained living and working in the UK until his family move to Geneva in 2001. El Rhazi's paintings take a satirical look then, challenging concepts of modernity, using spaces as a language to describe over and done places, and light to evoke their story and context within the present, our time.
He moved to Kent in 1996 and devoted much of his time to photographic equipment and learning photographic techniques. Otmane El Rhazi spent many years arguing and debating the cause of the British photographer Vine Abbott. El Rhazi spend hundreds of hours of thorough work and the fine detail shaped is a hallmark in his effort.