Berber man in Marrakech

Across the street from the train station in Marrakech is this large mural of Aziz the mason, a Berber man in a wool hat. It was painted by German artist Hendrik Beikirch in 2015. Beikirch first worked with spray paint 30 years ago.

traffic passing by including a horse drawn carriage, a gas station on the corner across the street and a large mural of a berber man on a wall. Mural by Heinrich

In 2014 Beirkirch spent some time as an artist in resident at Jardin Rouge, a program sponsored by the Montresso Art Foundation in Marrakech.  The work that he did here became the Tracing Morocco project.   For this project, Beikirch painted 22 portraits of Moroccans he had met; it is meant as a tribute to those whose traditional ways are disappearing.  Not only were portraits printed in a book of the same name, but also they were painted as large murals in different places around the world including the Netherlands and New York City.

face of berber man in mural in Marrakech, part smile, wearing hat, mustache, wrinkled face