Anthony Idmalk was
born in Benguerir, Morocco in 1980. He immigrated to the United States in 2004 to New York. His passion is painting, but he also is very interested in the art
of music. He has exhibited his art in the Chelsea area of New York and has
worked at the New York Metropolitan Museum. His art is influenced by his Moroccan culture and many artists he
has been introduced to since he began painting at the age of 7.
watercolor and oil paints as he does, itís often difficult for a viewer to tell
the two apart because Idmalkís style of application and color palette are very
bright, smooth, sun-splashed and vibrant. His work focuses on rural scenes and
still life, with recent canvases baring traces of the Old Masters he studied at
the Metropolitan Museum, while the incredible, razor-sharp crispness of each
image, the tactile quality of the light.
This blending of
influences and styles gives Idmalkís paintings an exciting edge, evoking the
impression of glimpsing snapshots of an entirely new, but not unfamiliar world.
Every surface seems pristine and unscathed, even the worn hulls of romantic
boats beam with an uncanny new vigor. This intense feeling of pictorial purity
pushes Idmalkís compositions past realism into a kind of sparkling impressionism
that is completely mesmerizing.
participated in the Moroccan Talent Expo held in Washington, DC where he was
selected as one of the top 5 artists. Anthony's favorite artists are Salvador
Dali, Magritt, Hagler and Vic Muniz. The surrealism of their art is what
influences me as a painter.