Mimouni El Houssaïne

Mimouni El Houssaine lives and teaches fine art in Montpellier although he travels constantly between the two Mediterranean shores of Morocco and Europe. These constant coming and goings are reflected on his canvases in a game of symbols, spattered written texts and horizons in perspective. Mimouni’s work weaves the intricate dialect of yearning for other shores, spurned on by the desire to leave, to return or simply of dreaming of being in a different place. He explains, “yearning for the other shore, is a translation of my thoughts of returning to my country, going back to my roots. It also symbolizes a return to the light, so very unique to Africa”. 

In his works, the many crossings are represented by means of recurring symbols such as canoes, bundles of sticks or ladders reaching for the sky. Painting, collage, materials and text are combined in a score etched in the heart of one for whom the quest for the invisible seems more irrepressible than ever. Each curve is a meditation, the slightest trace a search towards an elevated state of mind susceptible of reaching the sky. Taking inspiration from his travels, but also from music, Tuareg sounds, Flamenco and Sufi music, Mimouni’s work is layered with lyrical symbolisms. Timeless landscapes, graphic writing and splashes of colour are open to imagination, peppered with forms and shapes that verge between drawing and speech. The works hold no human figure, but the features of humanity are delicately outlined in every detail.

Mimouni El Houssaïne Talisman 2019 Mixed media on paper 102 x 72 cm

Talisman
2019
Mixed media on paper
102 x 72 cm

Mimouni El Houssaïne Cosmic Message 2019 Mixed media and collage on paper 102 x 72 cm

Cosmic Message
2019
Mixed media and collage on paper
102 x 72 cm

Mimouni El Houssaïne Effervescence 2019 Mixed media on paper 102 x 72 cm

Effervescence
2019
Mixed media and collage on paper
102 x 72 cm

The Calligrapher’s Tear 2018 Mixed media and collage on paper 67.5 x 108 cm

The Calligrapher’s Tear
2018
Mixed media and collage on paper
67.5 x 108 cm

Mimouni El Houssaïne Letter to Lucy 2019 Mixed media on paper 102 x 72 cm

Letter to Lucy
2019
Mixed media on paper
102 x 72 cm

Mimouni El Houssaïne Letter to my Mother 2017 Mixed media on paper 69.5 x 114 cm

Letter to my Mother
2017
Mixed media on paper
69.5 x 114 cm

Mimouni El Houssaïne Untitled 2017 Mixed media on paper 70 x 111 cm

Untitled
2017
Mixed media on paper
70 x 111 cm

Mimouni El Houssaïne Epistolary Music 2019 Mixed media on paper 70 x 50 cm

Epistolary Music
2019
Mixed media on paper
70 x 50 cm

Mimouni El Houssaïne Untitled 2019 Mixed media on paper 69 x 114 cm

Untitled
2019
Mixed media on paper
69 x 114 cm

Blooming 2017 Mixed media on paper 70 x 100 cm

Blooming
2017
Mixed media on paper
70 x 100 cm

Mimouni El Houssaïne Prehistoric Relics 2019 Mixed media on paper 102 x 72 cm

Prehistoric Relics
2019
Mixed media on paper
102 x 72 cm

Mimouni El Houssaïne Matakis Dream 2019 Mixed media on paper 102 x 72 cm

Mataki’s Dream
2019
Mixed media on paper
102 x 72 cm

Mimouni El Houssaïne Untitled 2018 Mixed media and collage on paper 65 x 50 cm

Untitled
2018
Mixed media and collage on paper
65 x 50 cm

Mimouni El Houssaïne Untitled 2018 Mixed media and collage on paper 65 x 50 cm

Untitled
2018
Mixed media and collage on paper
65 x 50 cm

Mimouni El Houssaïne Untitled 2018 Mixed media and collage on paper 65 x 50 cm

Untitled
2018
Mixed media and collage on paper
65 x 50 cm

Mimouni El Houssaïne Untitled 2017 Mixed media on paper 70 x 50 cm

Untitled
2017
Mixed media on paper
70 x 50 cm

Mimouni El Houssaïne Seeds of Lives 2019 Mixed media on paper 96.5 x 70 cm

Seeds of Lives
2019
Mixed media on paper
96.5 x 70 cm

Mimouni El Houssaïne Untitled 2018 Mixed media on paper 49.5 x 70 cm

Untitled
2018
Mixed media on paper
49.5 x 70 cm