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
Moroccan pavilion, Venice Biennale
Bab Rouah gallery, Rabat
Venise Cadre gallery, Casablanca
Moroccan cultural week, Cairo, Egypt
Moroccan cultural week, Sintra, Portugal
Al Ihsane Association, Lalla Hasna House for children, Casablanca cathedral
« Parcours d’artistes », Souissi, Rabat
2001 Galerie Al Manar, Casablanca
Outdoor exhibition in Paris rue de la Seine street
Exhibition in Bordeaux, France
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
« UNESCO Moroccan days », Paris
Flandria gallery, Tangier
1992 International Biennale, Cairo, Egypt
Thea Fisher gallery, Reinhardt, Berlin
Espace de la Victoire, Paris
Egee Art gallery, London
1990 Galerie Etienne Dinet, Paris
Almada Negreiros gallery, Lisboa
Galerie Georges Bernanos, Paris
Galerie S. Sandoz, International City of Arts, Paris
« Six painters, from Morocco to Brazil », Rio de Janeiro
Galerie Bertoushi, Tetouan
Gallery of Modern Art, Rabat
French cultural center, Marrakesh
Batha museum, Fes
Cairo Biennale, Egypt
« L’art contemporain » (“Contemporary art”), Tunis
Bab Rouah gallery, Rabat
1983 Galerie Art Nolds, Nice
La Mamounia hotel, Marrakesh
Oudayas museum, Tangier
1978 Delacroix museum, Tangier