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Anuar Khalifi | Courtesy of Anuar Khalifi
Anuar Khalifi | Courtesy of Anuar Khalifi
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Meet The Artist Anuar Khalifi

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Updated: 24 April 2017
Meet Anuar Khalifi, a Catalan artist born in Lloret de Mar close to Barcelona. Khalifi reflects the world we live in through his colorful, unique and vivid artwork. The paintings of the artist, ‘having a fight with pop expressionism while addressing some social and public issues,‘ are visually captivating and raise several questions while being subject to many interpretations by the audience, while some of them simply make you smile. Read more on Anuar’s thoughts and see some of his artwork that he shared with us.
Anuar Khalifi | Courtesy of Anuar Khalifi
Anuar Khalifi | Courtesy of Anuar Khalifi

What is the most unusual request you’ve had?

The most unusual request I’ve had was to realize an exhibition in a bank hall.

What advice would you give to someone who was trying to break into the business?

The honesty that you put into the process of your work, I would say. In my opinion, as soon as the work goes outside of your studio it is the only asset that remains.

What’s next?

I’m very focused on my work and paintings right now that would build the way to the upcoming projects.

Courtesy of Anuar Khalifi
Dizzy Wishes | Courtesy of Anuar Khalifi

What is your dream project?

Painting for me is already a mode of dreaming when I’m awake, and I believe I can materialize this state of mind through projects.

What is your favorite museum or gallery?

V1 gallery in Copenhagen and the Saatchi Gallery in London.

Paris, London, NY, L.A | Courtesy of Anuar Khalifi
Paris, London, NY, L.A | Courtesy of Anuar Khalifi

If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be?

Malcolm X.

How would you describe your work in 80 characters?

In a world of extremism, consumption, materialism ,and manipulation of which we all are participants, I try to create finite pieces that blend together fact and fiction, distorting the experience of the world and thereby creating an extension of such experience or a more realistic view of it in my mind or in the alien one.

The Now and Nowhere | Courtesy of Anuar Khalifi
The Now and Nowhere | Courtesy of Anuar Khalifi

Train or plane? Train.

Mac or PC? Mac.

Picasso or Dalí? Picasso.

Sea or Mountain? Sea.

Coffee or tea? Moroccan tea.

New York or Paris? New York.

Cowboys and Indians | Courtesy of Anuar Khalifi
Cowboys and Indians | Courtesy of Anuar Khalifi

Interview by Anna Jauhola