Second week into Twenty Twelve, welcome. This exciting Monday morning I’m pleased to introduce you to Hicham Rahmah, graduated from high cinema institute in Cairo- Animation department, currently working as an art director in Nahdet Misr publishing house and a cartoonist in al Masry Al Youm newspaper. I met Hicham for the first time two years ago on the Beaches of Sinai, we spent a couple days together with a whole bunch of friends, he struck me as a curious and reflective individual. It was not until after I returned to Toronto, that I slowly began to discover the far reaches of his talent. I’m glad that I had some time to share his thoughts with everyone.

I: What’s the earliest memory of a creative activity you did?

H: When i was young I created a comics magazine, made of 22 pages. I was talking to my father about a lot of mistakes in the comics magazine in middle east, so my father told me to create my own magazine. I brought a lot of papers and started to do the cover and the stories. I then finished it and showed it to my dad, I dont know where is it now and i cant even remember the name of this magazine, but what i remember that its looks like toktok magazine. (A Magazine started by Hicham and others)

I: If you weren’t doing what you do right now, what would you be doing?

H: I cant do anything else than art, but when I was younger I dreamed to be a lot of things like : pilot (as of most of all children), football player but the most strange thing I dreamed to be is a taxi driver, because I love to be in the streets, also i will carry a lot of girls with me in my car and play my music and ask them what they think about my music … but when i grow up .. i found that the taxi driver is soo boring and smells so bad and they keep talking in nonsense things … I love a lot what i’m doing now.. and always thank god what he gave me … I cant do anything else!

I: Inspiration, who? what? where

H: Who? mmmmm… they are all arabs like : Labbad, Nabeel Tag, Hegazy. Because I saw their illustrations when I was young in Majid magazine, and they constituent me by there works, especially Labbad, who let me join the high cinema institute.

Around the world: Miro, Picasso, Egon Schiele, I love them like that because I feel their works in my soul like classic music.

What? music: Tchikovesky always touching my soul and makes me always want to do a big huge artwork.

Where? Barcelona because I love coastal cities also because of miro and Picasso, I like the gothic design of this city. I also love paris because the comics or .. le bande dessinee !

I: Share any of piece your work, recent or old and talk about it.

H: I made this picture in 2008. I like it because it reflects the image of the egyptian character. The cartoon character is saying “Only God knows how much I love you!” and I am looking to God!? I hope you understand the meaning is sometimes people say things that maybe are not realistic and we believe them. Like saying God only knows what is in my heart!! So i dont want to know, just say it like that and I will translate in my mind or in my feeling. Maybe it’s philosophic what i’m thinking about, pardon me.

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