Damgaard fom Denmark, first visited Essaouira during
the 60s, the hippie time. When everyone else left, Damgaard
stayed and opened the first art gallery in Essaouira 1988.
He displays the works of local painters and wood
sculptors in his gallery and seems to decorate the gallery
in his own unique and inspiring way.
He has strongly contributed
to the understanding of the art of local painters and the Essaouiran
is one of Essaouira´s cultural icons, known in European
art circles as the home of the Essaouira school of painting.
Frédéric Damgaard parler sur les oeuvres de abdellah elatrach et L'histoire de l'art à la région d'Essaouira.
(Televisio de Catalunya in 2000)
Art historian Frédéric
Damgaard was decorated with, La Grande Médaille
It is to devote the promotion of artists and historical and ethnological
research that the French Academy, Sciences-Arts-Culture
awarded him the Medal of Vermilion, a distinction very
high symbolic value.