Although rooted in Moroccan culture, Nabil El Makhlou’s works are infused with German sociocultural influences. His work creates a bridge between the Leipzig School painting and the philosophical tradition of Sufism, allowing Moroccan and German cultures to dialogue. Figurative painting is dominant in El Makhlou’s aesthetic approach. A expressionist and symbolist, he often uses airy brushwork and modulates the chiaroscuro, the contrast between dark and light, which gives his paintings an enigmatic quality.
El Makhlou’s works have been featured in solo and group exhibitions in Frankfurt (2015- 2017); Casablanca (2013-2016); London (2016); Dakar (2010) and Beirut (2008). He is also the recipient of the 2014 Cité des Arts award, Paris. His works are held, among others, by the Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden; The Banque Populaire; The Groupe Alliances, Morocco; The bAT Campus Galerie Collection, Germany.