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The artist

The artist

Houda Bakkali

Houda Bakkali is an international visual artist and creative director based in Barcelona, Spain. Her colorful artwork has been exhibited in Paris, Cannes, Biarritz or Barcelona, among other cities…, and her techniques and creative process have been recognized by different institutions and international magazines.

“Houda Bakkali grown up in Madrid in the Lavapiés district, the most alternative area of the Spanish capital, and since childhood she has breathed colors and atmospheres of a mestizo world in which tradition merges with current events. Her family is of African origin and this double background is the main source of inspiration for her works, created by combining various collage and digital illustration techniques. The style of Houda Bakkali is unmistakable and derives from a sophisticated and often ironic mimesis of the popular contents of the urban environment, reworked through a lively chromatic pop range and an elegant and essential design. The artist seems to consider the urban scene as a festive visual spectacle in which the images imply a multiplicity of messages, of logical, emotional and symbolic meanings: metropolitan details coming from different cultures flow into her works, unexpectedly merging into a new balance without generating conflicts.” Review on Juliet Art Magazine

Her first artwork dates back to 2008, when she published the series “Africa sweet and pop”, a personal, colorful, optimistic and full of hope tribute to her origins. She has been exhibited in Paris, Cannes, Barcelona, Biarritz…, and her work, techniques and creative process has been recognized by different institutions and international magazines.

Currently, Houda has is one of the contributors of Viceversa Magazine, publication which covers various cultural topics by Latinx writers and artists in New York and she works as freelance art director for different clients and international projects.

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The style of Houda Bakkali is unmistakable and derives from a sophisticated and often ironic mimesis of the popular contents of the urban environment, reworked through a lively chromatic pop range and an elegant and essential design.

Juliet Art Magazine

The series, “Beautiful African Woman” (…) is a tribute to the African and Arab women and wants to convey a message to women so that they feel free. Free to fight for the idea that each woman is unique and extraordinarily strong.

Art Reveal Magazine

L’opera di Houda Bakkali nasce dalla volontà di trasmettere un messaggio alle donne. Un messaggio di emancipazione e libertà, nelle idee, nelle opere e nei sentimenti. Le donne africane di Houda Bakkali non hanno paura del fallimento, e vivono inseguendo i loro sogni.

James Magazine

Houda Bakkali met en scène la figure féminine africaine et arabe, un figure forte qui dans l’anonymat le plus total, lutte pour la liberté, la justice et sa place dans la societé.

AGD Magazine

Par des lignes simples et des couleurs vives, Houda Bakkali cherche à attirer l’attention sur l’opposition entre la simplicité et la force de son personnage.

ArtShopping

“Sensuality” is a very unique digital work.

Circle Foundation for the Arts
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Awards

Houda Bakkali

  • HONORABLE MENTION | GRAPHIS GRAPHIC DESIGN ANNUAL 2020, NEW YORK
  • AMERICAN ILLUSTRATION ANNUAL 38 WINNER | NEW YORK 2019
  • SILVER AWARD WINNER | GRAPHIS POSTER ANNUAL 2020, NEW YORK
  • NEW TALENT AWARD | INTERNATIONAL ART FESTIVAL ARTISTES DU MONDE 2018, CANNES
  • DISTINGUISHED ARTIST | ART ASCENT MAGAZINE | CANADA 2019
  • EXCELLENCE AWARD | CIRCLE FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS | LYON, FRANCE 2019
  • SILVER AWARD WINNER | GRAPHIS ADVERTISING ANNUAL 2019, NEW YORK
  • HONORABLE MENTION | GRAPHIS POSTER ANNUAL 2019, NEW YORK
  • HONORABLE MENTION | GRAPHIS POSTER ANNUAL 2019, NEW YORK
  • FINALIST | DIGITAL ILLUSTRATION 2018 | COMMUNICATION ARTS | CALIFORNIA 2018
LATEST NEWS

Houda Bakkali exhibit her series “Women and digital art. Breaking stereotypes” in Córdoba, Spain.