Olympian artist
Kader Klouchi (FRA-ALG)

© Kader Klouchi

Olympic long-jumper, painter and sculptor Kader Klouchi considers himself a man with multiple perspectives. Klouchi represented Algeria at Barcelona 1992, having switched disciplines from triple jump to long jump less than a year before the Games. He set the French long jump record in 1997 and in 1998. His sporting career includes numerous titles and participations in the French, European and World Championships. In 2004, he retired from international competition, but remains active in the sports world.

© Kader Klouchi

Now a professional artist, he draws parallels between art and sport, saying: “sport to nourish the body, art to nourish the soul”. He is a member of several artists’ associations, and his favourite theme is, unsurprisingly, movement. When he paints, he seeks to capture moments of intense energy and surpassing oneself.


© Kader Klouchi

Artworks

Ski alpin
Ski alpin
Ski alpin
“Ski alpin” (Alpine skiing) is a work created using acrylic paints and a palette knife. It is a semi-abstract work representing an athlete at the moment of peak effort. The goal was to make the viewer feel the determination and commitment of that moment. The athlete is constantly striving to maintain their balance and achieve the perfect line. They are achieving the maximum of their potential and their abilities, with the aim of optimising their speed and thus winning the race. This quest for excellence leads them to go beyond their limits and give their very best. That is what true victory is all about.
2021 - Kader Klouchi
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Flamme Olympique
Flamme Olympique
Flamme Olympique
“Flamme Olympique” (Olympic Flame) was created using acrylic paints and a palette knife. It is a semi-abstract work, for which the goal was to symbolise the spirit of the Olympic Games as a time of celebration, energy and fraternity. To do that, I depicted the rings in motion catching fire and shooting upwards into a dazzling atmosphere. The complementary colours of the rings symbolise the diversity and unity of humankind. The harmony of the colours reminds us of the oneness of human beings. Everyone needs others to exist, and we complement each other.
2021 - Kader Klouchi
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Multi disciplines
Multi disciplines
Multi disciplines
This work created using acrylic paints and a palette knife is the result of my fascination with snow and ice sports, which are the polar opposite of my own sport. Athletics requires you to remain firmly fixed to the ground, but snow and ice sports seem to be defined by a perpetual quest for balance. All the disciplines depicted have their own specific demands, but I wanted to illustrate the strength and determination that drive all these athletes. I admire the grace of the figure skater, the lightweight feeling of the ski jumper, the power of the hockey player, the precision of the bobsledder and the agility of the snowboarder. All these sports have a common element: perfect mastery of the sliding action and the harmony of movement.
2021 - Kader Klouchi
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Q&A with the artist

  • Q. To you personally, what does being an Olympian mean – how does it define your approach to life and how you view yourself and the world?
    • A. To be an Olympian means to give the best of oneself without ever giving up, to be tolerant of one's opponents without any differentiation, and to respect the rules. These principles must be respected in society, as a universal ethic that everyone can apply.

  • Q. What do the Olympic values mean to you?
    • A. They are values of tolerance, acceptance of differences and mutual respect. They are vectors of togetherness and peace.

  • Q. How do you explain to people that the Olympic Games are more than the sporting competition?
    • A. It is a moment of coming together; a moment when all nations converge for the same purpose and find an opportunity for sharing and reconciliation.

  • Q. If you could go back in time and give one piece of advice to your younger self, what would it be?
    • A. “Don’t be so impatient!”

  • Q. Are there parallels in your approach to your art and your approach to your sport? Or do you find that the two dimensions bring/brought out totally different facets of your personality?
    • A. Art and sport are intimately linked in my opinion, insofar as these two activities facilitate the discovery of oneself. One is spiritual or mental and the other physical. Both are modes of expression. For a long time I thought that sport and painting were means of escape, of forgetting, a form of freedom. But now I know that far from being a means of escape, they are resources for building oneself, opportunities to feel alive. With time and experience, I think that these two practices have allowed me to concentrate, to refocus, and thus to be closer to what I am, to get closer to my real being.

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