Ghanaian sculptor, active in Nigeria. He earned a bachelor’s degree in sculpture (1968) and a postgraduate diploma in art education from the University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana (1969). After graduation he taught at the Specialist Training College (now University of Winneba), Ghana, in a position vacated by the eminent sculptor Vincent Kofi. From ...
Lisa M. Binder
Tunisian, 20th century, male.
Born 14 January 1924, in Tunis; died 11 May 2006.
Painter, potter. Figures, interiors.
Ali Bellagha initially studied law before attending the schools of fine art in Tunis and Paris. In about 1970, he opened a shop called Les Métiers, which he also runs....
Tunisian, 20th – 21st century, male.
Born 9 October 1951, in Maamoura.
In 1977 Khaled Ben Slimane graduated from the Institut Technologique d'Art in Tunis, specialising in ceramics. In 1978-79 he worked at the Massana School in Barcelona and in 1982-83 in Japan.
He employs acrylics in his paintings and is strongly influenced by Arab calligraphy, which appears both in a concealed and an explicit form. The rows of symbols, or writings in various colours, are arranged between parallel horizontal lines, and decorative elements are only allowed as a framing device for his compositions....
A. E. Duffey
South African potter. He was educated at Heidelberg and Potchefstroom (both nr Johannesburg) and began a fine arts degree at the University of the Witwatersrand, which he left after two years to work for a four-year painting diploma at the Johannesburg School of Art. In ...
Senegalese, 20th century, female.
Born c. 1945, in Bigogna.
Awa Seni Camara produces almost exclusively terracotta figurines with distorted facial expressions, which are evocative of West African myth and legend.
Lausanne (Contemporary African Art Coll.): Untitled (1988)
Tunisian, 20th century, male.
Born in Tunis.
Chemla works in his home town.
French, 20th century, male.
Born 30 May 1932, in Casablanca, Morocco; died 2003.
Painter. Seascapes. Murals.
Jacques Courboules attended the École des Métiers d'Art, learning the techniques of ceramics and stained glass. He was a pupil of Vincent Aujame and became his collaborator. He executed frescoes for public buildings in Paris and in the provinces. He received a grant and spent two years in Mexico. He was the official painter of the navy in ...
Belgian, 20th century, male.
Active in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo).
Born 1937, in Meulebeke.
Devolder studied at the Academie voor Schone Kunsten and the Nationaal Hoger Instituut voor Schone Kunsten in Antwerp. He lived and worked in Zaïre and executed numerous monumental works in Kinshasa....
Egyptian, 20th century, male.
Painter, sculptor, ceramicist.
Abdel El Dawakhli studied at Cairo's higher academy of art, then qualified as an art teacher from the San Fernando academy in Madrid and as a master potter and ceramicist from Madrid's central school. He was appointed professor at the higher academy of art in Cairo and, from ...
Senegalese glass painter, potter and teacher. She earned an MA in literature at the Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Dakar (1980), then graduated from the Ecole Normale Supérieure d'Education Artistique (1983). Her early work in both literature and fine arts dealt with the social role of women in colonial Senegal. In the 1980s and 1990s, she worked primarily with glass painting or sous verre, a medium with a long history in Senegal. Her work advances well-known conventional glass paintings that depict colorful quotidian and religious scenes. She works with a palette of intense hues, applying them across the glass support so as to maximize the expressive potential of the medium. Although she created figural works in the 1980s, her work in the 1990s became increasingly abstract. Her glass paintings, such as ...
Arab potter. The name is also applied to a pottery workshop active in Syria and Egypt in the mid-15th century. All the products are underglaze-painted in blue and black. A rectangular panel composed of six tiles decorated with a lobed niche in the mosque of Ghars al-Din al-Tawrizi, Damascus (...
Algerian, 20th century, male.
Born 13 December 1945, in Khenchela.
Painter, potter. Local scenes, local figures, landscapes.
Lazhar Hakkar studied at the school of fine arts in Algiers from 1963 to 1968. He took part in numerous group exhibitions and presented his work in solo exhibitions from ...
South African, 20th century, male.
Born 29 June 1920, in London; died 15 March 2010, in Johannesburg.
Painter, printmaker, ceramic artist. Figures, socio-political themes, satire.
Robert Hodgins left school in 1934, immigrated to South Africa in 1938, and enlisted in the Union Defence Forces (...
Town in Nigeria (pop. c. 15,000 in the 1990s), situated 40 km south-east of Onitsha, which is on the River Niger. The name means ‘Great Igbo’ in the Igbo language. It is also the name given to the ancient culture that produced the elaborate metalwork and ceramics, dated to the 10th century ...
Australian, 20th century, female.
Born 1945, in Melbourne.
Lorraine Jenyns creates ceramic vases in violent colours, decorated with figures and animals depicted with populist humour. These bear a certain similarity with Egyptian urns used to store the mummified internal organs of the dead....
South African, 21st century, collective of mostly women.
Needlework, painting, printmaking, ceramics. Local histories and scenes.
Established in 2000 by Carol Hofmeyr, an artist and medical doctor, the Keiskamma Art Project is intended to provide income-generating opportunities to isiXhosa-speakers in Hamburg and the surrounding villages of Bodium and Ntilini in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, while also enabling participants to use representation to engage with issues of relevance to their communities. Although members sometimes work individually on small-scale embroideries, items in felt, beaded objects, small prints, or ceramics, the project is best known for large-scale works in needlework, which its members work on collectively and which are parodies of well-known art objects from the West....
Senegalese, 20th – 21st century, male.
Painter, watercolourist, pastellist, potter. Designs for tapestries, murals.
Souleymane Keïta lived in New York from 1980 to 1985, where he taught pottery and painting. He lives and works in Senegal, on the Island of Gorée (Dakar). There is a strong lyrical (in the sense that the artist mingles various different styles) and poetic aspect to his art, which draws its subjects and motifs from life and the immediate environment: nature, music, and spiritualism. He is regarded as one of the leading exponents of abstract art in Senegal....
Algerian, 20th – 21st century, male.
Born 1947, in Ain-Beida.
Painter (mixed media), engraver, potter.
Koraichi studied at the school of fine art in Algiers, before continuing his education in Paris. He began as an engraver and practised calligraphy inspired by ethnic and then imaginary sources, which he transposed onto various materials such as wood, parchment, silk, and ceramic....
Nigerian potter. She was apprenticed to an aunt who taught her the traditional pottery techniques of the Gwali people, in which pots were made by the coil and pinch techniques and then given an open firing. The three basic shapes were the randa, a large water storage pot, the ...
Mozambican, 20th century, male.
Born 6 June 1936, in Matalana.
Painter, draughtsman, engraver, potter, sculptor, poet. Murals.
Valente Ngwenya Malangatana is a major figure in 20th century Mozambican culture. He was initiated into traditional healing practices when he was a young man, beginning to draw in ...