Elis Rimel

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I belong both to the East by birth. But men's personality is not the mere outcome of genetic prints. Identity is also the result of learning and culture, sometimes acquired in hundreds of books… Moreover, I will even say that my claim is neither eastern nor western but that of modernity, which is a need of exigency in men. This need has no colour and no place. Much more than that, it is a sensibility, an availability and a state of mind.
I was born in march, 18th 1954 at Meurad, Algeria. University studies in Algeria. In my childhood, after school hours, I spent most of my free time drawing cartoons characters with chalk on the street, like some artists of Quartier Latin, Florence or Chicago do it now. IThese thousands of hours passed drawing with chalk helped me learn what a correct drawing and a well balanced composition are.

I also started writing when I was very young. When I was a child I held my journal, and inspired by any book I had read, “Tobacco Road” of Caldwell or “Azyad√©” of Pierre Loti for instance, I started writing some prose. I was fourteen when I wrote my first poems and I still do it with the same passion.

At the University, I studied American and English literature, in English language. I graduated in 1978. In 1974, when I was just beginning my university studies, I started writing in the press as a free lancer journalist, using the French language. From then I started specializing in art criticism.
I never stopped drawing but I started painting seriously in 1980. In the beginning of the eighties, I participated to group exhibitions with non-conformist Algerian artists, like Issiakhem and Khadda.
In 1983, I published a book (co-written with a German art critic, Hans Karl Pesch) on a German painter, Bettina, who lives in Algeria since 1963.

In 1984, I published a collection of poems, (Poèmes bleus, Blue poems). In 2000, I published a book on an Algerian miniaturist, Hachemi Ameur (Lapeyronie Editions, France).
I am a member of International Press Institute since 1997. In June 1999, one of my reports was on the final selection of ICCROM competition, Media to Save Art, Rome, magazine journalists section.
Publications: Bettina, 1983, Grmany, a monography of the german painter.
Poèmes bleus, 1984, ENAL, Algeria: poetry book.

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