Cheffaj, Saâd Ben
Born 1939 in Tétouan, Morocco
Lives and works in Tétouan, Morocco
Saâd Ben Cheffaj is a prolific artist whose career spans over six decades, having held his first exhibition in 1956. Ben Cheffaj’s paintings explore the mythology of the present, inspired by numerous artistic genres: figuration, expressionism, cubism, neorealism and abstract art. His recent works depict loosely defined figures, featuring bright and dark forms. Ben Cheffaj is among the first Moroccan artists to receive academic training in visual arts. He studied at the Fine Arts and Architecture School of Seville and at the Ecole du Louvre in Paris. In 1965, Ben Cheffaj returned to Morocco to teach art history, drawing and painting at the Fine Arts and Architecture School of Tétouan. From 1960 to date, Ben Cheffaj has held numerous solo and collective exhibitions including 1914-2014: 100 ans de création, Musée Mohammed VI, Rabat and Maroc Contemporain, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris (2014). Ben Cheffaj’s work can be found, among other, in the permanent collection of Fondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain, Paris and the Kamel Lazaar Foundation, Geneva.
Saâd Ben Cheffaj, Nature morte, 2013, Oil on canvas, 100 x 100 cm. Courtesy L’atelier 21