Born in Morocco in 1956, Ali Lagrouni lives and works in Geneva. His paintings are like expressionist windows into his emotions relating to life, identity and homeland. Deeply anchored into a Moroccan painterly heritage, his unique visual language often translates into mystical representations of personal stories, making them universal and timeless.
Lagrouni leaves Fez (Morocco) aged only sixteen. He lives in Paris for a while before settling down in Switzerland, where he still works. Self-taught, his first paintings come as a nostalgic expression of his youth near the old Moorish capital.
A conservatory percussionist, Lagrouni gives jazz music an overwhelming voice in his brush and compositions. His singular blue and warm metaphors echo the heritage of modern Moroccan painting championed by masters like Hassan Glaoui or Jilali Gharbaoui. Freely transcending figuration and abstraction, Ali Lagrouni’s work is an affirmation of identity, constantly redefining balance in this world, acting as a stylized shield against the psychological aggressions from the outside.