Ben Bella, Mahjoub
Born 1946 in Maghnia, Algeria
Lives and works in Tourcoing, France
Mahjoub Ben Bella studied at the Fine Arts School of Oran before joining the Academy of Arts. He received master’s degrees at both the National School of Applied Arts and the National Fine Arts Academy of Paris. His unique visual language is composed of motifs, shapes and colours that emerge out of his treatment of traditional Arabic calligraphy in the European painting tradition. In addition to major international commissions ranging from a 1982 mural in the Riyadh – King Khaled International Airport and a 12 km painted course for the 1986 Paris-Roubaix international bicycle race, to a portrait of Nelson Mandela at the Wembley stadium in the UK (1988) and ceramic tiles in the metro station in Tourcoing in 2000, Ben Bella’s work has been widely exhibited around the world and acquired by prestigious collections and museums.
Mahjoub Ben Bella, Signes Roses, 1991, Oil on canvas. 100x81 cm. Courtesy Elmarsa