This painting aims to deconstruct the cultural codes associated with masculinity through the representation of a male anti-model. However, something virile emanates from this scene. The courage to pose in front of a mirror. The firmness of the posture. The femininity claimed. The exposure of the body. Virility is the bravery with which one presents oneself in front of the world.

- Safae Mounsif


Oil, pastel on stretched canvas
Painting wraps around edges
Ready to hang

Signed on front

36" h x 24" w x .62" 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.