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International Artist Feature: Morocco

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For this article in the international artist series, we turn to Morocco, featuring six artists who create fantastic work, from 3D illustrations to graphic designs and more! I asked each artist how their country and culture inspired their work, and they delivered fantastic answers. Enjoy!

Mohamed Amine Belcaid

Mohamed, aka Medamine Belcaid, is a graphic designer based in Casablanca, Morocco. His work features out of this world 3D illustrations with abstract shapes and vivid colors. Check out a small selection of his work below, or see more in his portfolio.

The Cover Project

I love everything about my country. It's my home, where my family and friends are, and my whole life is here. The lifestyle drives me to develop my artistic side and push the limits for my clients. I'm used to the Moroccan lifestyle because it's the energy I need to keep going.
The Cover Project by Mohamed Amine Belcaid
The Cover Project

Meeds Alphabets V1.2

Religion has influenced my work a little, I must say. I'm Muslim and therefore I follow its principles. Sometimes I have to refuse work because it's forbidden in our region. But there are millions of other products I can work on, so I just turn down anything I'm not comfortable with.
Meeds Alphabets V12 by Mohamed Amine Belcaid
Meeds Alphabets V1.2

Marlboro Dark

Marlboro Dark by Mohamed Amine Belcaid
Marlboro Dark

Moroccan Creative People

I personally started in this field learning from sites like Envato Tuts+, but the art community here needs more work and could use more development.
Moroccan Creative People by Mohamed Amine Belcaid
Moroccan Creative People

Salwa Nassif

Salwa is a graphic designer based in Casablanca, Morocco. Her work features beautiful flat designs inspired by Moroccan architecture and incredible patterns. Check out a small selection of her work below, or see more in her portfolio.

Moroccan Posters

I love the simplicity of life in Morocco, as well as the richness of culture and tradition. And as a person who is passionate about art and design, there is so much inspiration here in Morocco.
Moroccan Posters by Salwa Nassif
Moroccan Posters

Moroccan House

Most of my artwork is influenced by my Arabic and Amazigh background, and also by Moroccan crafts.
Moroccan House by Salwa Nassif
Moroccan House

Moroccan House 2

Moroccan House 2 by Salwa Nassif
Moroccan House 2

Bird Girl

I rarely visit museums and art galleries, but I am a member of a group of digital artists where we challenge ourselves to create each month. I'm also a member of an association composed of artists and designers who try to merge the two worlds of electronics and art together.
Bird Girl by Salwa Nassif
Bird Girl

Abdo Achtioui

Abdo is a 3D artist and graphic designer based in Casablanca, Morocco. His work features amazing 3D designs of product work and technology. Check out a small selection of his work below, or see more in his portfolio.

Engine V1

What I love about Morocco is that we cooperate with one another and the people are very kind. I also love that we are very hardworking and always in the pursuit of knowledge and vitality.
Engine V1 by Abdo Achtioui
Engine V1

2016 - Construction

Morocco is a tourist country. And I enjoy the scenic and unique exploits here. That's what I love most about living here and it has significantly impacted my work!
2016 - Construction by Abdo Achtioui
2016 - Construction

2015 - Design

2015 - Design by Abdo Achtioui
2015 - Design

Ship-M-46

I think there is large art community here, ranging from artists who create sculptures on wood, to painters and graphic designers.
Ship-M-46 by Abdo Achtioui
Ship-M-46

Ghita Bensouda

Ghita is a graphic designer based in Rabat, Morocco. Her work features sleek designs for products and websites. Check out a small selection of her work below, or see more in her portfolio.

Musée Beaux Art Montréal

I am Moroccan and have lived my whole life in Morocco. I would describe my country as a warm and welcoming one. Culture is a huge aspect of our everyday life here, as well as our traditions through gastronomy, craftsmanship, and music.
Muse Beaux Art Montral by Ghita Bensouda
Musée Beaux Art Montréal

Website - ONCF Train

Contemporary Moroccan art incorporates both tradition and modernity. I feel like the Zellige embodies this fact—it's a traditional mosaic made out of colored earthenware. Nowadays it's one of the trendiest graphic design themes in the country, and has a lot of success abroad. I also have to mention a unique inspirational place for me, the souks. Souks are our local markets where craftsmen show their work in a beautiful collection of colors, materials, and patterns!
Website - ONCF Train by Ghita Bensouda
Website - ONCF Train

Les Émotifs

Les motifs by Ghita Bensouda
Les Émotifs

Vivlma

The art community in Morocco in still growing, and is currently going through a crucial development phase. More and more artists want to commit to their art fully while also promoting it.
Vivlma by Ghita Bensouda
Vivlma

Mohcine Elabaidi

Mohcine is a 3D designer based in Rabat, Morocco. His work features exquisite 3D designs of architecture and interior design spaces. Check out a small selection of his work below, or see more in his portfolio.

3D Couper

I love every human being, so here in Morocco, there are really good people. I see love and fraternity between people and a brotherhood within the society. Furthermore, we are very proud of our spirituality and the ancient culture we have here. So I invite everyone to come and discover Morocco!
3D Couper by Mohcine Elabaidi
3D Couper

Bureau

In Morocco where I live, people, nature, and culture inspire me more than anything else. They all give me the power to exist, love, and share art with every human being around the world.
Bureau by Mohcine Elabaidi
Bureau

Kitchen

Kitchen by Mohcine Elabaidi
Kitchen

Bedroom

The art community here is very creative, and I'm very proud to be a part of this country's art and history. We are working very hard to be more unified and I’m very optimistic about the future of art in Morocco. We are working wonders and are very proud to show our art to the world.
Bedroom by Mohcine Elabaidi
Bedroom

Yousra Kessam

Yousra is a graphic designer based in Rabat, Morocco. Her work features a unique collection of book designs, logos, and brochures. Check out a small selection of her work below, or see more in her portfolio.

Tri-fold Brochure: Festival Jidar

Diversity is everywhere. There’s diversity in the landscape, the cities, and the architecture has a mix of African and Islamic influences. There is something about Morocco which cannot be explained in words, so you just have to come here to feel it.
Tri-fold Brochure Festival Jidar by Yousra Kessam
Tri-fold Brochure: Festival Jidar

Book Design: Zaha Hadid

Morocco is full of inspiration you just can’t miss. What influenced me the most is the Islamic architecture, especially the geometric patterns that we find in tiles, and the mosque called Zellij. The combination of geometric shapes and colors is just super fascinating, and I’m really obsessed with it!
Book Design Zaha Hadid by Yousra Kessam
Book Design: Zaha Hadid

Program - ODYSSUD

Program - ODYSSUD by Yousra Kessam
Program - ODYSSUD

Mockup - ODYSSUD

In Morocco there aren’t a lot of art and design schools so we do have a lack of art education. But the good thing is that it’s starting to change. The newer generations are working very hard to give art its real value, to raise awareness, and to create a unified community. Lately there are a lot of innovative initiatives aimed to help young artists, and we all support each other. Our community is getting bigger and stronger every day.
Mockup - ODYSSUD by Yousra Kessam
Mockup - ODYSSUD

Many thanks to the artists who took time to answer my questions and share a bit about themselves and how their country and/or culture has affected their work. You can check out more of their work in the links below:

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