MOA BENNANI


Works
Biography
Moa BENNANI, sans titre &/Technique mixte sur toile, 100 x 100 cm, 2013

Moa BENNANI, sans titre
Technique mixte sur toile, 100 x 100 cm, 2013


Moa BENNANI, sans titre &/Technique mixte sur toile, 100 x 100 cm, 2013

Moa BENNANI, sans titre
Technique mixte sur toile, 100 x 100 cm, 2013


Moa BENNANI, sans titre &/Technique mixte sur toile, 100 x 100 cm, 2013

Moa BENNANI, sans titre
Technique mixte sur toile, 100 x 100 cm, 2013


Moa BENNANI, sans titre &/Technique mixte sur toile, 100 x 80 cm, 2013

Moa BENNANI, sans titre
Technique mixte sur toile, 100 x 80 cm, 2013


Moa BENNANI, sans titre &/Technique mixte sur toile, 120 x 140 cm

Moa BENNANI, sans titre
Technique mixte sur toile, 120 x 140 cm


Moa BENNANI, sans titre &/Technique mixte sur toile, 100 x 80 cm, 2013

Moa BENNANI, sans titre
Technique mixte sur toile, 100 x 80 cm, 2013


Moa Bennani is born in Tetouan, in 1943. He works and lives in Kenitra, in Morocco. In 1958, he studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Tetouan. He was not even 18 when he left his home country to study at Paris prestigious Ecole des Beaux-Arts (from 1960 to 1964).
He soon wanted to become a teacher. Once back in Morocco, he started to teach at the School of Applied Arts in Rabat for several years.
In 1989, he got a grant from the French government and moved to the International City of Arts in Paris for 3 years. There, he collaborated with Professor Sylvestri at the Ecole Normale Supérieure. During his stay there, he was affiliated with the House of Artists which required its members to wear a nickname. This is when Mohamed Bennani became “Moa”.
With famous Moroccan writer Tahar Ben Jelloun, Moa is the co-author of the book “Clair-obscur”.

His works have long been exhibited in Morocco and around the world. His paintings, as well as his frescos, can be found in various prestigious public and private edifices.
In 2005, he represented Morocco at Venice Biennale.
Both a painter and a sculptor, Moa has always been fascinated by primitive mediums which he constantly manipulated to give life to them.


Exhibitions and publications about the artist

2013  Loft Art Gallery pays tribute to the artist in its book DConnexions, edited for its 5th anniversary
2011  Loft Art Gallery, Casablanca
2010  « Au nom du père, au nom du fils », MemoArts, Casablanca
2009  Galerie Marsam, Casablanca
2005
Moroccan pavilion, Venice Biennale
Bab Rouah gallery, Rabat
Venise Cadre gallery, Casablanca
2004
Moroccan cultural week, Cairo, Egypt
Moroccan cultural week, Sintra, Portugal
2003
Al Ihsane Association, Lalla Hasna House for children, Casablanca cathedral
« Parcours d’artistes », Souissi, Rabat
2001  Galerie Al Manar, Casablanca
1999
Outdoor exhibition in Paris rue de la Seine street
Exhibition in Bordeaux, France
1998
Soni Gallery, Bahrein et Dharan
Soni Gallery, London
University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A.
1997  Salon de Mai, Paris
1996  « Zao Wou-Ki, Moa Bennani », Sacred music festival, Fes
1993
« UNESCO Moroccan days », Paris
Flandria gallery, Tangier
1992  International Biennale, Cairo, Egypt
1991
Thea Fisher gallery, Reinhardt, Berlin
Espace de la Victoire, Paris
Egee Art gallery, London
1990  Galerie Etienne Dinet, Paris
1989
Almada Negreiros gallery, Lisboa
Galerie Georges Bernanos, Paris
Galerie S. Sandoz, International City of Arts, Paris
1987
« Six painters, from Morocco to Brazil », Rio de Janeiro
Galerie Bertoushi, Tetouan
Gallery of Modern Art, Rabat
1986
French cultural center, Marrakesh
Batha museum, Fes
1984
Cairo Biennale, Egypt
« L’art contemporain » (“Contemporary art”), Tunis
Bab Rouah gallery, Rabat
1983  Galerie Art Nolds, Nice
1982
La Mamounia hotel, Marrakesh
Oudayas museum, Tangier
1978 Delacroix museum, Tangier

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