Essaouira Mogador is a town at the Atlantic coast of Morocco

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The artists of Essaouira, are known for their naive, colorful style of painting.

The artists were encouraged and promoted by Frédéric Damgaard, a Danish gallerist. Indeed it could be argued that Damgaard’s intervention “created” the Essaouira artists. He first visited Essaouira in 1969 and became so enamored that he settled there and opened an art gallery in 1988. The Essaouira artists have exhibited their work in several European venues.
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Miloud Houssein

Artwork of Houssein Miloud who lives and works in Essaouira.

Exposition – Hommage à Ali Menouar (1937-2015)

l’Association Essaouira Mogador rend hommage, du 16 au 27 Février 201-, à l’œuvre d’Ali Menouar, artiste peintre algérien décédé à l’âge de 78 ans à Essaouira (Maroc) en février 2015. Reconnu pour son fabuleux talent de coloriste, ses toiles ont fait le tour des galeries d’art internationales. Sa fille Fabienne Menouar, artiste céramiste, présentera également à cette occasion ses œuvres.

Vernissage : Mardi 16 février 2015 à 18H30



Boujemâa Lakhdar

The artist Boujemâa Lakhdar (1941-1989)

"I want to remain always astonished, because whenever I finish something, I have the impression to have dragged a secret away from nature."

Boujemâa Lakhdar (1941 - 1989)
Pioneer of Essaouira painting

Curator of the Museum of the Popular Arts of Essaouira from 1980 to 1989 the date of his death.

The story of Boujemâa Lakhdar began in the fifties. He was strongly inspired by the popular arts and traditions of Morocco. He is considered as the dean of Essaouira painters. Thanks to his work and his interest in culture, he remains the most prominent artistic personality in Morocco.
From: Boujemâa Lakhdar: Pioneer of Essaouira painting Beyond the walls of Essaouira

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The Al Maade Museum of Contemporary African Art (Macaal) honors artists from Essaouira, with an exhibition called "Outsiders / Insiders?" which brings together a large panel of works. To discover in this report.
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Mourad El Attaoui



Mourad el Attaoui

He has his studio and workshop in the Joutiya beautifully located at the shore of the Atlantic Ocean.


Atelier d´art Joutia


Mustapha El Harchi

Mustapha El Harchi

Morocco’s Painter by Mouth
Always at place Moulay Hassan

Ismail Siham
See also Street Art Graffiti 2012

Essaouira was discovered by the hippie movement in the late 1960's and early 1970's. Rock stars such as Jimmy Hendrix and Cat Stevens visited the town and the Living Theater of Julian Beck and Judith Malina found a home there for a time. Because of the presence of such celebrities, Essaouira became a destination for young people and artists who left an important mark on the cultural tourism that would develop later. The Living Theater, which combined elements of stage and visual arts, along with the psychedelic paintings with which hippies decorated the walls of their rooms, is thought to have inspired the first generation of Souiri painters: Boujemâa Lakhdar, Houssein Miloudi. It has also influenced the post-psychedelic Tribal or Gnaoua style typified by Mohamed Tabal and now closely associated with the culture of the city. Yet the hippie “boom” was short-lived and could not forestall the city's long decline.

Painting by ELBAZ, Essaouira




Lahoucine Chadid

Lahoucine Chahdid, born 1951, has been a fisherman
for over 30 years. He has his gallery in the "Jotiya"
where he exibits his signed paintings.

Wooden sculptures in Thuja

DC3 Sculpture in Root of Thuya by Jan Kalserud (1999)

Jan Kalserud

DC 3 1999
Root of Thuya
French polish

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External links:

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Souiri no 1 (About Filali Mostafa)

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Souiri no 2


Kadisha, Amazigh Artist of Essaouira




Street Art Paints
Christian Guémy

External links

Ross, Eric S..
Assessing Tourism
in Essaouira

Boujemâa Lakhdar:
Pioneer of Essaouira painting

Beyond the walls
of Essaouira

L´art d´Houssein Miloudi