Otmane El Rhazi is a Geneva based artist who has been active in the UK street art scene for over 10 years. He have been token to the art of graffiti; a path that would eventually land him to the College of Arts in the capital. His wheat-pasted photos and stickers have featured prominently across the urban landscape and the places surrounding him. |
His knowledge of printmaking and savvy ability with spray paint has developed 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 around with all mediums over the years; paint, stencils and pens. He likes the opportunity for scale that paste offers, and it was a natural progression from the smaller stickers he stated with.
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. He spend hundreds of hours of meticulous work and the fine detail created is a hallmark in his work.
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. His paintings take a satirical look then, challenging concepts of modernity, using spaces as a language to describe forgotten places, and light to evoke their story and context within the present, our time.