RACHID HANBALI was born in 1970 in the ex-Spanish colony of Sidi Ifni, Morocco. He studied at the National School of Fine Arts in Tétouan, Morocco, and later at the University of Fine Arts in Granada, Spain.
He has held collective and individual exhibitions in a number of countries including the UK, the USA, Canada, Spain, Morocco and China, and in 2009, at Beijing's International Festival of Contemporary Art he recieved the Creativity Award from the Ministry of Culture of China for his painting 'Moroccan Horsemen Galloping'. In 2014 and 2015 he was honoured to be selected by the prestigious Royal Institute of Oil Painters in London to participate in their Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London.
He currently lives and works in Nerja, Andalusia, Spain in a country house which he shares with his English wife and their son, painting 'au plein air' and taking inspiration from the natural beauty which surrounds him. He enjoys spending a part of each year at home in London.
Hanbali´s paintings often refer to Morocco’s landscapes and its people. In his atmospheric depictions he retains light and colour, expressing an emotional response to the subject and his inner world.
´PAINTING IS THE SOUL OF MY UNIVERSE, GIVES WINGS TO MY SPIRIT, COMFORT IN MY SORROW AND IS MY REASON TO LOVE`. I HAVE BEEN PAINTING SINCE CHILDHOOD AND ART IS MY PASSION.I FEEL THAT ONE CAN BEST EXCELL IN THEIR FIELD THROUGH EMOTIONAL DEDICATION, AND OIL PAINT IS THE MEDIUM THROUGH WHICH I HAVE LEARNED TO EXPRESS MY INNER SELF AND TO ´CONVERSE´ WITH THOSE WHO VIEW MY WORK.
Inspired by my childhood visits to the souks of Morocco. Exhibited at the Mall Galleries in London in Dec 2014 with the Royal Institute of Oil Painters.
A group of Moroccan musician, who performed with the Rolling Stones on their album 'Continental Drift' Exhibited in London in 2015 with the Royal Institute of Oil Painters at the Mall Galleries.
A city scene, the main square in Marrakech, Morocco.
A desert scene- small figure makes his way over the sands, Homeward Bound. Selected as a finalist in art competitions in Dubai and London