Zakaria Ramhani

B. 1983


Visual artist Zakaria Ramhani's approach is unique; his paintings express a personal fascination with portraiture and the multifaceted significance associated with representation of the human form. Through his large-scale pieces, with allusions to political and art history, he uses Arabic calligraphy as both formal gesture and linguistic content.

The son of a painter, Ramhani developed technical skills at an early age absorbed from his father’s studio. Deeply impacted by the way that religious conservatives criticised his father for making figurative art, Zakaria Ramhani chose to use and transform the Islamic tradition of calligraphy, whose abstract nature allowed artists to avoid violating the prohibition against figurative representation.

Zakaria Ramhani got his diploma to become a fine art teacher in Tangier in 2003, and worked as a teacher, before devoting himself entirely to his art. The artist has exhibited throughout Europe and the Middle East. His paintings have been well received in many exhibitions and art fairs including the Barbican Centre in London, Zoom Art Fair in Miami, British Museum, at the DIFC Dubai, the Cairo Biennial, Dak’Art Biennial of Contemporary African Art in Sénégal, and L’Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris. Ramhani’s work is held by private and institutional collections in Morocco, France, Belgium, the UK and UAE.


2014, Connotation, Artspace Dubai Gallery. Dubai, UAE 

2013, May Allah Forgive me, Julie Meneret Contemporary Art, New York, USA 

2012, My Face is a Word, Atelier 21, Casablanca, Morocco 

Zoom Art Fair, Miami, USA. 

Faces of Your Other: Atelier 21, Casablanca, Morocco

Tabari Artspace Dubai, UAE

2009, From Right to Left, Centre d’Exposition Val-d’Or, Quebec, Canada 

2008, Faces of Your Other, Artspace, Dubai, UAE 

2006, Le temps de la mort, Galerie de la Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France 

2006, Corps possédés/Solitude collective,  Galerie Crous des Beaux Arts, Paris, France 



2014, Art Toronto art fair. Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto

2014, Memory, Place, Desire, Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College, Haverford, USA, curated by Carole Solomone

2014, Tabari Artspace Dubai, UAE

2014, Art 14 London Art Fair, London, UK

2013, 25 Years of Arabic Creativity, Emirate Palace, Abu Dhabi, UAE 

2013, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France

2013, National Museum of Barhain, Manama, Bahrain

2013, Art 13 Art Fair, London, UK

2013, Tabari Artspace Dubai, UAE

2013, Atelier 21, Casablanca, Morocco

2012, Barbican Centre, London, UK. Curated by Vincenzo Sanfo

2012, Art Dubai, Contemporary Art Fair, UAE

2011, Marrakech Art Fair, Morocco, Art Dubai, UAE

2010, Marrakech Art Fair, Morocco, Art Dubai, UAE

2009, Made in Arnhem, International Festival of the Arts, Arnhem, Netherlands

2009, On the Ground, Underground, Intramoenia ExtrArt (Collaboration with Achille Bonito Oliva) , Barletta, Italy - Art Dubai, UAE

2008, the 11 Cairo Biennale, Egypt

2008 Dak’Art, 8th Biennale of Contemporary African Art, Dakar, Senegal

2008, Art Dubai, UAE

2008, Word into Art : Artists of the Modern Middle East, British Museum at DIFC, Dubai, UAE, curated by Venetia Porter



2012, The New York Times, Creating a Place for Contemporary Art