Farid Belkahia's biography

Farid Belkahia was born in 1934 in Marrakech.

He graduated from the Fine Art School of Paris in 1959. He then learned the art of scenography at the theatre Institut of Prague from 1959 to 1962. In 1965-66, he improved his learning in the Brera Academy of Milan.

After he returned to Casablanca, he was headmaster of the Fine Arts School of Casablanca from 1962 to 1974.

After a long period of expressionist painting, he has oriented his art to geometrical schemes and has diversified the supports of his paintings. From 1962 to 1974, he had a long period were he worked on copper; then, he interested in the dye on skin technique, using natural pigments such as, henna and pomegranate pee.

Emblematic figure of contemporary art in Morocco, Farid Belkahia led a fundamental artistic experience on the new ways to modernity. He was able to revisit Moroccan heritage and crafts by impart it a contemporary and artistic touch. His tainting on skin works symbolize the union between traditional media and modern shapes. “Every change, every modernity goes through tradition”, underlined the painter.

His works can be found, among others, in the collection of the Arab World Institute in Paris, the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris, the National Found of Contemporary Art (France), the Mathaf Museum (Qatar) and the ONA Foundation (Morocco).

Farid Belkahia died in 2014.

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