Safae Mounsif, who goes by Sfiya as her artistic alias, is a painter of the new reality. Cradle of her childhood, she makes of Casablanca (Morocco), her muse and controversial heroine, rash and indecent.
As she underwent her university education at Architecture and Landscape School in Bordeaux, France, she dedicated her academic studies to the global-city and its wonders.
Perceptive of the urban ruthlessness, Sfiya engages in conversation with the modern world. She is not denouncing it nor is she condemning its drifts. She benevolently listens and conveys its stories. She reports its poetry and entrusts us with some of its magnificent paradoxes.
Sfiya’s art does not embody beauty, but confronts the ugliness, the commonness, the boredom and the heaviness of the modern world. Without any convention, Sfiya stages urban scenes and contemporary lives. Her paintings testify of an attention to workers. The ungracious, laid in colour, painted and emphasized, suddenly becomes majestically singular.
The technicality is asserted, the maturity is palpable. She is presenting us with vibrating pieces which are distinguishable by the boldness of their brilliant tones. The four paintings proposed for the thematic exhibition have another point in common: they are adjusted to their own characters. The scene is perceived at enough length to get both the unease of the modern Men and the urban environment in which they evolve. This back and forth between the city and the people permits the artist to deliver a view of the contemporary world.