Benyounès Semtati

Born in 1966 - Morocco


Benyounès Semtati is a Moroccan artist born in Oujda, Morocco in 1966 who lives and works in Paris, France.

Having always lived in France, he joined the School of Fine Arts of Saint-Étienne, but his personal choices and professional circumstances quickly led him to Arles and Marseille. He then decided to travel and after doing a tour of Europe and through the United States, he finally decided to settle in Paris.

His multiples trips to New York nevertheless helped him get out of a sort of impasse in his artistic production caused by his academic education which slowed down the energy of his paintings. The US capital helped him to change his landmarks and accept to let go.

When he decided to work on paper, his attitude towards the piece changed and new figures appeared in his compositions. In his paintings and drawings, abstraction gradually conquered its space, and narration became more discreet.

His works has been exhibited in Düsseldorf, London, Tokyo, Johannesburg, Stockholm and in Paris at the Center Georges Pompidou as part of the group exhibition Africa Remix (2005).

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Expositions personnelles :

2015 Exposition "L’Inutile comme volonté de représentation", galerie VivoEquidem, Paris
2012 Exposition "Between Time & Time", galerie VivoEquidem, Paris
2005 Atelier Blanc, Villefranche de Rouergue
2001 "Dialogue", CRAC centre d’art contemporain de Sète
1999 "Dialogue", Centre d’Art Contemporain, Fresnes
1996 Galerie Artco, Ajaccio

Expositions collectives :

2008 "Summer Show", Galerie VivoEquidem, Paris
2008 "P2P", Luxembourg, Casino Luxembourg, Forum d’Art contemporain
2007 Stockholm , Moderna Museet , Johannesburg Art Gallery
2006 Centre Régional d’Art Contemporain
2006 "Africa Remix", Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
2005 Hawyard Gallery, Londres
2005 "Africa Remix", Centre Georges Pompidou,
2004 "Africa Remix", Museum Kunst Palast,
2001 "Réalités, Hommage à Courbet", Centre d’Art Passerelle, Brest
2001 Collection permanente, Fondation Fryssiras, Athènes
2000 Chapelle St Jacques, Saint-Gaudens
2000 Assemblée Nationale, Paris
2000 "Réalités, Hommage à Courbet", CRAC, Montbéliard

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