Born in Amsterdam, the city of tulips and bicycles and home to many a masterpiece, Kashmere Hakim was stirred to create art from an early age. His mother was a Moroccan immigrant who lived in the city of colour Marrakech, and through her persistent encouragement to sketch, paint, and dream, Kashmere Hakim eventually became the contemporary artist he is today.
Hakim’s mother used to work as a canteen lady of the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten (Royal Academy of Visual Arts) in Amsterdam, and young Hakim would accompany her in between all the school breaks and holidays. To keep him busy, the fine art artists in the Academy would give him some paint, pencils, cutting materials, or clay to work. It was here that his mind took on a new perspective, to form shapes, colors, and materials into a new way of thinking.
Later in life, he studied and graduated from the Willem de Kooning art academy in design city Rotterdam. He took inspiration from nature, large open spaces, and interior architecture. He began to marry these ideas together, creating nature-inspired art and designs for interior spaces. His work became strongly recognizable and therefore broadly known for its strong identity.
He dedicated himself to art, to producing work in some shape or form. It was his sanctuary, his self-therapy, and his passion. Nature inspired forms that take him weeks, months of study and sketching. To eventually get to that final magical moment, where he finds balance and the essence of the shape before he dips it in his vibrant colors. Whether it was small prints or abstract paintings, or extensive interior work, Kashmere Hakim used his art to get through the mundane world and create life and meaning in its place. The life he would observe in nature was a beauty, unlike any other. Time and time again, he would always come back to the essence of life.
Nature-inspired design became his sole focus, and for years, it has been the main force behind his work for both art and interiors. In a time of gray urbanization, Kashmere Hakim wants to balance proportion, form, and color that highlights the imperfections, abstractions, and reflections of the hidden gems in nature. By utilizing both contemporary and traditional techniques, he approaches his work with the right tools and medium to draw out the right tones, mood, and expressions.
Nature finds its place everywhere and captivates those that stop to truly see it. Whether that’s biking through the beautiful streets of Amsterdam city to the green Vondelpark, or strolling through the Secret gardens in the pink Medina or the blue Yves Saint Laurent Majorelle Gardens in the city of color Marrakech, nature waits to be discovered.
His work is held in private collections across the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, UK, USA, Hungary, Switzerland, Greece, Austria, Sweden, Danmark, Morocco, Algeria and the UAE.
“All forms, shapes, and spaces, inspired by and reflecting nature, have the power to heal our souls. The key to everything is in mystical nature.”
He is also head of -nature inspired- (Biophilic) interior design practice: