His paintings are an explosion of colors. A gaudy palette. Masks, petroglyphs, figures, faces, trees, dances, geometric forms colored tracery … Originally from  Boussaâda City, Idriss Amor was born in Algiers in 1964. He has taught plastic Arts For about ten years at one of the Casbah Colleges. Amor Idriss Dokman signed a myriad of exhibitions in Algeria and in foreign countries as well. Let’s discover.


Artissimo: What Art brings to your life ?

Amor Idriss Dokman: I have probably been influenced by my elder brother, who had a good pencil stroke and also by my dressmaker-designer sister. As a child I watched them with fascination trying to imitate them. In first grade, I fell in love with my teacher. She was so beautiful! I was so focused on drawing her eyes on sheets of paper. I was so good at drawing, I still got the best marks. My classmates always gave me their for the illustrations.

A: But how did you put his foot in the door?

A D: After school, I successfully completed the entrance exam at Fine arts school of Algiers. I followed the course for a year and a half before abdicating, interrupted by my parents who thought that art did not bring enough money. Then I pursued in the paramedical sector. A higher degree of health technician in the pocket. Throughout this itinerary, I never marginalized art. I took small trainings in private schools. This is how I got my degree professor in arts education which led me to teach visual arts for ten years in a college in the Casbah during the 90s.

A: How did you make your first steps as a visual artist?

A D: By the beginning: drawing, pencil, charcoal … Then I acquired reproduction techniques. In 1995, I attended my first exhibition. I had exposed a series of reproduced paintings and other exclusive collections. Professionals have encouraged me to seek in my inspiration to create personal works. Then I closed the parenthesis of the copies to explore my own universe and to bring out through pictorial works.

A: What is your source of inspiration?

A D: I paint my environment, my experience, my daily life. All I see around me. Both beautiful things and sad or ugly things.

A: You use a lot of recycled objects in your work

A D: Yes … In fact the first painting I sold was made with old cloths belonging to my mother. In Art History, many artists, especially from the Second World War, worked with recycled objects. I continue to include in my work all kinds of objects: glass, plastic, fabric, windshield debris, cardboard, paper, wood, glass … I love playing with various textures and materials.

A: In fact one of your exhibitions was made with used ties.

A D: In a souk in El Harrach, I bought 1035 colored neckties. I have then sewn on canvas. It gave an original collection called ‘Metamorphosis’. These tables have been very successful with the public.

A: Your paintings are very colorful. Why ?

A D: I live in a sunny country with incredible brightness. I claim my African side oozing into my works. For me, color is a mode of expression. I can mention difficult or painful subjects by putting color in my work.

A: Rightly, your last collection is dedicated to Africa.

A D: I titled it « Algeria, the Gate to Africa ». It results from a research work on African jewelry, masks, petroglyphs of Tassili N’Ajjer … I am waiting for a place where i can exhibit my works. A difficult mission in Algeria. Most artists struggle to find galleries where they can exhibit their work.

A: What Artissimo represents for you?

A D: Thanks to this school of art to exist. Establishments of this ilk are so rare in AlgeriaI warmly welcome the initiative of Zafira. A school that teaches art to children and opens their eyes to the aesthetics of life, it’s magic. Especially when we know that children are the future of a country!

Katia Sabri