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Chiaroscuro - The line in between
AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 22, 2018 
Opening Reception: Friday, August 24 | 6-8 PM

Moroccan-born artist, Taha Benadada, creates “Naturescapes”, where the strong contrast between light and dark dramatizes his subjects and turns each large canvas into a meditative environment.

Images: (Left to Right)
Taha Benadada, A call from the other shore (In memory of my dad), oil on canvas
Taha Benadada, Faith, oil on canvas
Taha Benadada, Summer Night, oil on canvas


I believe that painting is a language; it is another way to communicate visually, feelings, emotions and thoughts.

My work mostly refers to nature and to the human being. Sunsets, sunrises, landscapes seascapes and cityscapes are my excuses to start and turn a blank canvas in to a meditative environment.

My palette and my large brushes are my tools to express my feelings, transmit my energy and describe my emotions.

The use of the strong contrast between lights and dark in my compositions is a way to tell a story, to translate my dreams my memories, my moods and also to evoke the line between the opposites such us beginnings and endings, hope and fear, cruelty and compassion…

When it comes to my philosophy of painting, I manage to combine the abstract quality of paint, thick and thin, texture, value, tone, colors… in this case the superficial appearance of the canvas with the subject matter in order to create a unique surrounding.

My paintings are about the expressive effect of light and dark, it is also about the spiritual connection and the dramatic change of our life.

My canvases are the pages of my diary.
                                                                                                                                      -Taha Benadada

Taha Benadada was born in Meknes, Morocco. He moved to the US in 2009.Taha’s work mostly focuses on nature and human being.

He works predominantly in the medium of oil painting and uses large brushes. His paintings are brought to life by the dynamic brush strokes that structure the canvas space.

Taha completed his Bachelor of Fine Art at The National institute of Fine Art in Tetouan, Morocco in 1999. His work has been shown all over his native country of Morocco. He was selected for an artist residency at The Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, France where he also had a solo exhibition.

He has also received several awards and recognitions for his art work. He currently resides and works in northeast Ohio.

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