Mohamed Berkane Painter Decorator
well known for his style and tought in the schools of art in the east of the country.
From an early age he felt irresistibly attracted to the art of
painting, yet he had to interrupt his studies to go to his national
service in 1970. Determined to pursue a career as a painter, he began
to draw and to visit artistic places of interest.
Berkane Mohamed, born 28 February 1951 in Batna, started drawing with
a penci at a young age. Around age 10, he was in the same class as the
artist Cherif Merzougui. Instead of listening to the teacher they
preferred to draw. Mohamed Berkane is a self-taught painter. He
practiced painting on a regular basis and finds his way quickly into
the pictorial creation. He quickly realized that this discipline was
more than a mode of expression, it was a passion.
After doing his national service in 1973, he participated in the test
of the entry to the Regional School of Fine Art in Constantine where
he successfully passed tests.
In 1975 he went to France for an internship as a Methodist through a
contract with the Wilaya of Batna and Society (R.Husson & Cie). In
1976 he befriended the artist Haoura Hocine, he participated in the
Congress of Plastic Arts (UNAP) Skikda and was elected a founding
member of the section of Batna.
Among the artists who influenced and inspired him is Tamine
Abderrahmane (called Abdou) He was very close to the expressionists a
d devoted his work to the human figure, including terguis and blue men of