About the artist
Achraf Touloub (born in 1986 in Casablanca, Morocco, lives and works in Paris, France) investigates the links between tradition and modernity in our globalized world.
Working in a variety of mediums, he opposes the ancient oriental motifs and ideas he depicts to the contemporary aesthetic of his compositions. Take, for instance, his copper ink drawings. Oscillating between abstraction and figuration, they consist of repeated Sequences (2015) painstakingly traced on paper. While from afar, the undulating lines coalesce and appear as monochromatic planes of color, up close, they become legible as a multitude of calligraphic signs.
Achraf Touloub graduated from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris in 2013. Recent exhibitions include Viva Arte Viva – the 57th Venice Biennale, and a solo show at Galeria Plan B in Berlin, Germany. In 2017, Achraf Touloub was included in Artsy’s list of “20 Artists to Watch at the Armory Show” and of “14 Artists You’ll Be Talking about Long after the Venice Biennale”.