Saad Ben Cheffaj, 'Portrait', 2016, Oil on canvas, 60 x 60 cm, Courtesy of L'atelier 21
Saad Ben Cheffaj, 'Portrait', 2016, Oil on canvas, 60 x 60 cm, Courtesy of L'atelier 21 

Saad Ben Cheffaj is among the first Moroccan artists to receive an academic training in visual arts. He first studied in 1957 at the Fine Arts and Architecture School of Seville and then took art history classes at the Ecole du Louvre in Paris. He returned to Spain in 1962 and received a teaching certification from the prestigious school Santa Isabel de Hungria. In 1965, Ben Cheffaj returned to Morocco to teach art history, drawing and painting at the Fine Arts and Architecture School of Tetouan. He has been inspired by numerous artistic genres—figurative, expressionism, neorealism and abstract art—which led him the mode of earthy painting, featuring bright and dark forms, which characterizes his recent works.

From 1960 and on, the artist has held a numerous solo and collective exhibitions throughout Morocco, Spain, France, Peru and Egypt. Ben Cheffaj’s work can be found in the permanent collection of Cartier’s Foundation (Paris), Kamal Lazaar’s Foundation in Geneva, among others.