I wanted to confronts the ugliness, the commonness, the boredom and the heaviness of the modern world. Without any convention, I wanted to stage urban scenes and contemporary lives. This artwork testifies an attention to workers. These individuals, laid in colour, painted and emphasized, suddenly becomes majestic and singular. This painting is distinguishable by the boldness of its brilliant tones. 

- Safae Mounsif

Subway Thoughts

Oil paint, pastel on stretched canvas
Finished black edges
Ready to hang

Signed on front

30" h x 24" w x .75" d
4 lbs. 6 oz.



Safae Mounsif
Montreal, Canada

Getting to Know Safae

Safae Mounsif was born in Casablanca, Morocco and studied architecture in France. For Safae, an interest in architecture has led to a fixation with the modern urban environment, which is the primary focus in her contemporary paintings. She selects subjects that are unglamorous and perhaps don’t easily fit into society–prostitutes, loners, blue collar workers, city kids. Safae’s depictions of these individuals are vivid and emotional. By tightly cropping her compositions, the viewer is compelled to interact with characters and situations that one might normally avoid. The result is a series of engaging portraits that bring life to urban characters and encourages the viewer to consider the individual’s circumstances.