Ali Kichou "Je m'en souviens comme si c'était hier"
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Ali Kichou assemblage and ink on brown paper 8X10 in. circa 2001 Provenance: Directly from the artist's studio, owned by the gallery.
This was a piece we purchased at a show that I curated at Gallery 101 in 2001 entitled "Art Against War". We had submissions from across Canada and Ali Kichou's little piece from Montreal was just stand out beautiful and poignant. The English translation of the title is something like I remember it like it was yesterday.
A native of Béjaïa, Algeria, Ali Kichou was born in 1959. He was admitted to the National School of Fine Arts in Algiers in 1978, then to the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome in 1983. He later became a restorer of art in Italy, where he lived for a period of 14 years. The discovery he made, at the beginning of the 1980s, of the little-known art treasures his country harboured - the Tassili frescoes, Berber handicrafts, homes designed by Kabyle women-encouraged him to radically break away from traditional Western painting.
He researched new materials and replaced the canvas as the support of a work: "My work, my artistic approach, is a constant reappraisal of accepted techniques, which are conventional and therefore of a historical nature." A.K.