Ezekiel Baroukh


Biography


Ezekiel Baroukh
(1909, Alexandrie, Egypt - 1984)

Born in 1909 in Egypt, Ezekiel Baroukh left Alexandria for Rome where he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts. In 1934, he returned to Alexandria and participated in the artistic development of the country. He approches particularly to the movement "Art et Liberté" which, while prolonging the questions raised by the surrealist painters, seeks to reform the cultural and political life of Egypt.


His classical training mixed with his desire to bring new pictorial proposals, draws attention to his works exhibited in the salons of the country. He became friends with poets and writers such as Etiemble and Lawrence Durrell.


The evolution of his own painting, from figurative to abstraction, led him to meet the post-war avant-gardes. There starts a deep research in the heart of the abstract vocabulary, he moves away from Cubism towards a more informal art until a lyrical gesture perfectly mastered. He will be part of numerous group exhibitions, trade shows (1958, Salon de Mai, 1960, Salon des Réalités Nouvelles, 1980, Salon d'Automne), or biennales. At the Biennale of Conches, the exhibited work "100 figures" is acquired by the State.


After going to the limits of the monochrome in his “Recherches du vide” (1976-1978), Ezekiel Baroukh returns to figuration. As the art critic Georges Boudaille explains, he emerges the man "suddenly, but no longer academic, reduced to his essence, his effigy. This outburst of Baroukh, in his last period, gave birth to a succession of pictures of a rare intensity and presence. " In the early 1980s, the newly created National Contemporary Art Fund purchased a major work, the "Model". He is now present in numerous private collections and exhibited in the museums of Paris, Cairo and Alexandria.


Exhibitions selected


Solo exhibitions


1935 - Cercle Italien d'Alexandrie, Le Cairo, Egypt
1956 – Solo exhibition, Musée de Châteauroux
1960 - Solo exhibition, St-Germain gallery, Paris
1967 - Solo exhibition, 9 gallery, Paris


Group exhibitions


1941 – Exhibition « Arts Indépendants » from Cairo
1949 – Exhibition of the Hallmark Award winners, Paris
1953 – Exhibition of the Buhrle Award, Kaganovitch gallery, Paris
1958 - Exhibition, A.G exhibition, Paris
1968 – Exhibition in the Jacob Gallery and At Home Gallery, Paris and Toulouse
1983 - Groupe 109, Grand Palais, Paris.

Salons


1942, Salon des Indépendants, Cairo
1948, Salon des Surindépendants, Paris
1960 - Salon des Réalités Nouvelles, Paris
1961 - Biennale de Conches
1980, Salon d'automne, Paris


Collections


National Museum of Modern Art, Cairo, Egypt
Museum of Fine Arts, Alexandria, Egypt
Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris, Paris, France
Musee d'Art Moderne, Chateauroux, France
National Gallery of Contemporary Art, France