Monday, March 05, 2018

Moroccan Artist Laila Benhalima

Mention Moroccan contemporary art and the names that come to mind are people such as Achraf Touloub, Younès Rahmoun, Fathiya Tahiri and Mahi Binebine. Now add the name Laila Benhalima to that list. Laila currently has an exhibition on in Rabat. It is certainly worth a visit
She dances around "those colourful stars that cannot shine without darkness"

Laila Benhalima is a Moroccan artist born in Rabat. She has been recognised for a many years as having a prestigious talent which this exhibition certainly displays.

Since a very young age, Laila has been living in her own world and found a way to communicate through her art. The natural world - especially the lush, fertile landscape and energy originating from her North African culture - evokes for her a personal response that is full of so much energy showcasing with her African abstract paintings, the vibrant colours, history, and imagery of one of the world's most alluring continents.

While Laila is in action painting some her most complex and beautiful pieces, she dances around "those colourful stars that cannot shine without darkness".

 Laila is a woman of high energy, passion and she is always eager to share her deep thoughts with the world through her painting. She examines how complex our universe is and how she can turn sadness, loneliness and darkness into unconditional love - something that the world needs today more than ever before.

Laila is Pharmacist by profession and Artist and Coach at heart.  One of her goals has been not only promoting peace and love through Art, but also to encourage students to become involved in art in the hope that they can achieve their own recognition as promising artists.

Her influence as an Artist-woman has been widely felt, and had a positive impact throughout her community around her native country Morocco. This exhibition adds to her stature. It is hoped the exhibition can travel to Fez sometime in the future, inshallah.

The exhibition at the Nadira Gallery (11 rue Soussa, Centre Ville, Rabat) continues until March 15.


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