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Nicole Elarar - Merzouga - 01

“Nature, it seems, has buried deep in our minds skills and talents of which we are unaware; the passions alone have the function of bringing them to light and thereby sometimes giving us a clearer and more comprehensive vision than ingenuity could ever do.”


– Francois, Duc de la Rochefoucauld
1613 – 1680

NICOLE ELARAR was born in Casablanca, Morocco, and very young immigrated with her parents to Israel, where she was raised. In 1977 she and her husband moved to Canada – she began her artistic career soon after.

Nicole’s ability to marry colour and forms has helped her in her work with stone, from which she extracts the final shapes. Nicole is a pure autodidact who relies on her instinct to interpret her observations. However, to refine her art, Nicole began in 1992 to study sculpting techniques with Jerry-Lee Czerny and later with Alberto Replanski at the Living Stone Studio. Nicole has since produced numerous pieces, some of which can be seen in private homes throughout North America and galleries in Vancouver and Montreal.

Nicole exhibited her work in Vancouver and Montreal, including at the Open Art Gallery, the Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery, Vanier College Gallery, and the Festival Sepharade de Montreal.

Nicole presently lives in Montreal, where she continues to sculpt and exhibit her work in local galleries.

…how Nicole sculpts – in her own words,

Dreaming it

I start by imagining it; I then refine the image in my mind until I am ready to draw it. After that, I chose the stone – sometimes, it is the other way around.

Extracting every chip

After drawing it on the stone, I start the reduction process – first I remove the big chunks and continue until I remove the small chips and then the grains.

And in time…

As time passes, the stone takes the shape of what I imagined at the beginning – other times; the stone takes me to a new form that I did not dream of.


Work exhibited during solo and group exhibitions from 1994 to 2013