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"Ashes to Ashes" Oil on Linen 36 Inches x 48 Inches 2021


Karim Machado-Aman B. 1997

Borremans. Shanks. Sargent. To be deemed self-taught would be to ignore the masters that acted as the starting mold for Karim Machado-Aman's career. His techniques may be derived from 19th century realism and impressionism but it would be discourteous to describe his work as imitation as that would minimize the souls of his subjects that emanate from his canvas.  

Specializing in figurative and contemporary portraiture, this is only the beginning for Canadian-based artist, Karim Machado-Aman. His work never fails to reflect the many complexities tied to being human. Karim uses oil paints to narrate the stories and sentience of his loved ones and only those that truly inspire him.

It is impossible to describe the disordered yet intense energy that radiates off of him while at work in his studio. Karim uses a mixture of balance and chaos to achieve what he calls "his best work yet", almost as if with each drawing, each tone wash, each paint mixture comes an increasing caliber of his techniques. His virtuosity is limitless.


Karim has created a step by step formula that has allowed his work to be both timeless and honourable. Working out of his home studio in Ontario, Canada, Karim continually strives to demonstrate what lies behind our banal existence through the intricacies in each of his subjects detailed in his work. 

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