Boujemâa Lakhdar (1941 - 1989) Pioneer
of Essaouira painting
"I want to remain always astonished, because
whenever I finish something, I have the impression to have dragged
a secret away from nature."
The magician of the earth
(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
"Signs and esoteric Symbols "
Oil on canvas - 108 x 90 cm
was doing research in different fields: folk magic,
folk songs, sculpture, crafts and
the history of his town to which he dedicated a special
As an artist, he always surpriced by the creativity and originality
of his work. In his sculptures, he introduced with care and
flexibility, geometrical figures engraved in copper plates.He
returned to basics of symbolic graphics by questioning popular
books of magic.