Samir Zarour

born in 1943 Abidjan, Ivory Coast Lives in Abidjan, Ivory Coast and Brittany, France

Samir Zarour, artist and former advisor for the Ministry of Culture in Côte d'Ivoire, lives and works in Abidjan, Ivory Coast and Brittany, France. He is considered one of the great masters of the first generation of Ivorian artists. Thanks to a scholarship, Samir Zarour is the first Ivorian to have graduated from L’École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, in 1967.

For more than 50 years, he has stayed true to his favourite subjects: women, children and landscapes of the Ivory Coast, which he paints in his figurative and surrealist style. He has been teaching at L’École des Beaux-Arts in Abidjan for 30 years. Among his best-known students are Monné Bou, James Houra, and Roger Botembe.

Samir Zarour has been awarded numerous prizes internationally, including at the Paris Biennial and Salon d’automne, the Sao Paolo Biennial, the Festival Mondial des arts Nègres in Lagos, and Cnuced in Santiago, Chile. His paintings can be found in many private collections in West Africa and worldwide.

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