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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.

Painter, ceramicist.

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....


Egyptian, 20th century, male.

Born 1940.

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 ...


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 (...


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.

Born 1947.

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....


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 ...


Egyptian, 20th century, male.

Born 1926, in Dahme.


Ramzi Moustapha studied decorative arts at Cairo University. He then went on to study ceramics at the Istituto Statale d'Arte per la Ceramica in Faenza, Italy, and at the Royal Academy in London. He furthered his artistic training at Moscow University and at the University of Iowa in the USA. His painting features checkerboard constructions exploring the interplay of shadow and light in their tiles....


Egyptian, 20th century, male.

Born 1932, in Cairo.

Painter, collage artist, sculptor, potter.

Saleh Réda studied at the school of applied arts in Cairo, from which he graduated with a diploma in 1957, and then at the school of fine arts. He went to Czechoslovakia to study sculpture and ceramics, and obtained a doctorate in Great Britain. He has participated in collective exhibitions, such as the Biennial in Alexandria, the Biennale for engraving in Italy, the Venice Biennale, and ...


South African, 20th–21st century, female.

Born 1943, in Marapyane, Skilpadfontien near Hammanskraal in Mpumlanga.

Painter, printmaker, sculptress, ceramicist.

The adolescent Mmakgabo Helen Sebidi, trained in mural painting by her maternal grandmother, relocated to Johannesburg in c.1960. Encouraged to develop her abilities by her former employer Heidi Petsch, and by John Koenakeefe Mohl, she furthered her training at the Alexandra Art Centre. She exhibited in the 1970s at ...


Senegalese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1950, in Dakar.


Amadou Seck uses a combination of clay and sand to emulate the forms and themes of ancient African statuary.


South African, 20th century, female.

Born 2 October 1894, in Schweizer-Reneke, Transvaal (North West); died 23 August 1966, in Cape Town.

Painter (oils and gouache), graphic artist, draughtsman, ceramicist. Portraits, figures, and still-lifes.

Modernism. Exotic.

Irma Stern was born to German Jewish parents. Her father, Samuel Stern, was imprisoned by British authorities during the second South African War (...