Andre Elbaz

Leading among contemporary Jewish artists in Morocco is Andre Elbaz, born in El Jadida (Mazagan), in 1934. He studied art and theatre in Rabat (1950-55) as well as in Paris (1957-61) and taught art in Casablanca (1962-63) (see detailed CV).

Elbaz’ work depicts Jewish themes in the abstract expressionist tradition: i.e., figures in synagogue settings, tragic events such as the Holocaust (exhibited at Yad Vashem in 1985) and the Inquisition in 1992. He worked in Morocco, Canada and France. His most recent work vacillates between expressionistic portrayals of Jerusalem and powerful conceptual abstract work in which he yearns to eradicate interfaith destructiveness (see sample below).

  Andre Elbaz in his studio

  Andre Elbaz, The Prayer, Acrylics on paper

  Andre Elbaz, Untitled, 1987, reconstituted tinted paper

  Andre Elbaz, Untitled, 1987, reconstituted tinted paper