Abdullah Interviews Aziz Al-Mudhaf
I knew Aziz long time ago, he is a dear friend. Im trying to pull out words or scenarios that brought us together, all I could think of is Laughter, literally, the moment I remember him, I get lots of flashbacks on how/when/where I fell down off of a couch or a sofa laughing hysterically. Aziz, the lil kim intro ? We wont go there, HAH!
Honestly though, Aziz is an artist, an energy field mashed up from all different sources of creativity, made into human form. He is that and lots of other things put together, but most of all he is extremely polite, very down to earth and just full of joy.
On a serious note, I remember how I enjoyed talking to him about religion, spirituality, society, Kuwait, friends and all that is big and beautiful, he gave me lots of mature answers, very open and honest. RARE. Indirectly, he taught me to never judge. It took me a while to understand this concept. I then slowly began to inhale everything without rejections or red flags. Thank You AZIZ.
One day, He showed me some of his paintings that were just jaw dropping and I thought how can he not have shown me this earlier ? I thought that this is what people should show off to the masses out there who are hungry for real, raw stuff that came from within. I thought this is one of the most beautiful pieces done by a Kuwaiti at the tender age of 18 (back then), he is 20 years young now. The energy, colors, expression used were evident. Sublime work.
See that ? Thats what Im talking about for the longest period. The only reason why I have people like Aziz here is to show you that talent exists even though major elements like having a mentor, a full fledged support system, over all awareness of what your doing, all of these are major elements of success, AZIZ didnt have any of that, still, he swam against the tides and MADE IT !
Aziz today is an artist, design consultant, graphic designer and a stylist. I am so proud of you and I wish I was a better friend. You are sincerely dear to me.
Enough of what I think or the impression I might give, get down and read what he has to say to yall. Oh and the boy is HAWT so please ladies/nasties, behave !
Aziz, talk !
I’m Aziz Al Mudhaf, 20 years old, born and raised in Kuwait. I guess I come from a very typical Kuwaiti background and upbringing yet ended up being quite the opposite somehow. I’ve attended government schools throughout my life so pretty much all of the knowledge I have in my fields of interest was self taught. I believe that if you have enough willpower and genuine interest in a subject matter, you can tackle and approach it using your own methods of learning. I find that my life revolves around art in its various forms; I love to paint, I love self-expression through fashion, I love and appreciate design details in pretty much everything. I’m a very analytical person in nature and I guess it works to my advantage in a lot of ways. I always try to observe and learn the formula of things, how everything is constructed… I think it helps in strengthening my attention to detail. Other things I love include anything that involves humor (a good laugh is the best), traveling, music (can’t live without it), film, psychology and general experimentation.
I’m currently studying Graphic Design at AUK, hopefully graduating next year. I’ve also been working at 4 (www.thenumber4.com) for almost a year. It’s been a great experience as I’ve been helping out with the store’s image, working closely with the team to grow and expand into a bigger space and develop our newly launched online store. I’ve also been working with my friend Aziz AlNasrallah as a design consultant, graphic designer and stylist for his fashion label (www.azizalnasrallah.com). These experiences have helped me channel my interest in art, design and fashion quite perfectly.
What was your childhood like ?
I used to love drawing certain cartoon characters when I was much younger. One of the characters that I loved to draw was Sonic the Hedgehog (maybe it was the mohawk?) I used to love collecting miniature sets of everything! – weird, I know. (Hot Wheels, Power Rangers, Ninja Turtles, etc.) I used to be obsessed with The Mask (the cartoon) and Dexter’s Laboratory. At around 12 the internet pretty much gave me the tools to learn everything I wanted to, and that’s the source I credit for my English.
What differs you from the rest of the competition out there?
Art is extremely subjective and differs from one person’s point of view to the other, so I can’t really speak for myself in this case. I like my paintings to speak for themselves and hope that the viewer is receptive to my images.
What were the difficulties you faced and how did you overcome them ?
A lot of people weren’t supportive and I’ve swam against the tides many, many times. I learned to gradually filter all the negativity out and thicken my skin to people’s reactions. I currently have a space issue though as I paint in my bedroom so pretty much everything is covered in splats!
Talk about your big trip to Dubai where you art was chosen to be part of a big/prestigious art gallery ?
I took part in a collective group exhibition in Opera Gallery (Dubai branch) last summer and it was a fantastic experience. It was the first time I’d ever shown in an actual art gallery and it’s one of the most well known galleries in the world. The reaction to my paintings was extremely flattering as they were all sold to private collectors before the exhibition even started! What made me even happier was the fact that they were from very different ages/nationalities/backgrounds and I was ecstatic to see that they’d all formed a connection with my work without asking me a single question.
Remember when I kept my mouth open for a good 30 secs or so when you first showed me your paintings ? Creatively, how did you come up with these creations?
I think it’s just a manifestation of my daily life and struggles, frustrations, anger, lust, love and my interest in escapism. A lot of them are self referential and sometimes symbolic through the usage of colors and some subliminal messages. I mostly channel humanistic emotions in my paintings which is why I don’t like describing the concept behind them, I prefer to hear someone else’s analysis and background of the story without me saying a single word.
Where do you see yourself 5 years from now ?
Healthy and happy, I hope.
Throw something for p0ach readers.
I’ll part with one of my favorite quotes, I think I found it in your blog a long time ago.
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” – Dr. Seuss