Jacques Azéma – “Man with Green Towel” – France – 1973


JACQUES AZÉMA (France/French; 1910–1979) was a French artist who moved to Marrakech in 1930. He was a professor and student advisor of drawing in Mangin and Winner of the Decorative Arts of Paris.

Azéma taught painting workshops and art history at the prestigious Casablanca Ecole des Beaux-Arts from 1962 to 1974. His works captured people in a state that merged the ideal world between reality and perfection. He showed a deep fascination with geometric designs he saw throughout Morocco in mosques, tile patterns, and architecture. His surrealist approach usually consisted of street scenes from Marrakech, artisans, and other local traditions of Morocco.