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Tunisian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 16 January 1947, in Tunis.

Illustrator, caricaturist, painter.

Belkhamsa Chedli spent two brief periods at the schools of fine art in Tunis and Paris. He works mostly for Tunisian newspapers and magazines. In 1983, he was awarded first prize for his cartoons by the association of Tunisian journalists. As well as his work as a cartoonist, he has also painted acrylics on canvas, works that display considerable care, precision and elegance. The themes of these paintings are taken from the world of fantasy, and are painted in cartoon style....

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Moroccan, 20th – 21st century, female.

Active in France.

Born 1950, in Casablanca.

Painter, sculptor, sculptor of assemblages, draughtswoman, illustrator.

Sylvia Elharar-Lemberg studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and at the art teachers training college in Tel Aviv. Her paintings and drawings create the effect of transparency and obliteration, often starting from the square design of a tetragram. She also creates assemblages, such as mysterious grills, iron rods placed alongside labels and photographic plates. Sylvia Elharar-Lemberg has shown at group exhibitions in France since ...

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Algerian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in Belgium from 1979, naturalised in 1990.

Born 22 April 1952, in Kabylia (Bejaïa).

Painter, illustrator, musician. Local scenes.

Born in the Kabylia region in Algeria, Boubeker was also a storyteller and singer. He paints the everyday life of shepherds, camel herders, women going about their work in the home and garden, creating compositions full of narrative detail with a feel of childlike poetry. Hamsi began exhibiting his paintings in ...

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Togolese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 4 October 1973, in Lomé.

Painter, illustrator.

Jope Koffi Quaye constantly explores his roots and the past, striving to make his art into a universal language. Characteristic of his work are dark figures which he places against a background of scraped light colours, adding a beak or paws to give them sense. He has exhibited in a number of group shows, including ...

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Algerian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1947, in Sfizef.

Painter, engraver, illustrator.

Ali Silem studied at the school of fine arts in Algiers. In 1979, he participated in the execution of a collaborative fresco in Algiers and of sets and costumes for theatrical productions. He has exhibited in Algeria in collective events since ...

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Algerian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in France since 1981.

Born 1951, in Tibane.

Painter, illustrator.

Hamid Tibouchi obtained a degree in English at the École Normale Supérieure in Algiers, then a diploma in fine arts from the University of Paris VIII. He plays with the textures of his media (jute canvas, silk, Japanese paper) to produce materials that are both thick and translucent, through which run signs evocative of Arabic calligraphy. He has produced art books and a large number of illustrations and has written some poetry collections....

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Chika Okeke

(b Onitsha, June 4, 1946).

Nigerian painter, graphic artist, illustrator and poet. After studying at Central Art School, Onitsha, and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (1965–6), he received his BA (1972) and MFA (1977) from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where he studied with Uche Okeke. He worked as a commercial artist and graphic designer for the Ministry of Agriculture, Enugu, and the Ministry of Information, Aba. Among his many honours are the Department of Fine Arts Prize (University of Nigeria, Nsukka), the T. A. Fasuyi Prize for painting, the Commercial Art Cup, the Shell d’Arcy Cup for painting, and the 1990 Association of Nigerian Authors Cadbury Poetry Prize. His interest in artistic communities was a major factor in the foundation of the AKA Circle of Exhibiting Artists (1986). The Biafran Civil War (1967–70) greatly impacted his life and art. At that time he abandoned mimetic naturalism as a style, turning instead to the linear forms and symbols of ...

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Algerian, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born c. 1965-1970.

Painter, illustrator.

Kamel Yahiaoui was a student at the school of fine arts in Algiers from 1987 to 1989 and at the École des Beaux-Arts in Nantes from 1990 to 1991. Since 1988, he has participated in collective events. In ...