Mehdi Qotbi,” Avant Le Lettre” Casablanca.
This week Mehdi Qotbi, one of Morocco’s most highly acclaimed artists, honoured us with an invitation to the launch of his second book.” Avant Le Lettre” in Casablanca’s oldest and most prestigious art gallery, Venise Cadre.
Mehdi’s new book “Avant Le Lettre”, follows after his return home to his much loved Morocco and the extremely successful exhibition of his latest collection of paintings that had been showing in May of this year at the Venise Cadre art gallery. This book not only shows Mehdi’s amazing work it also gives you a fascinating insight into his life showing the highlights of Medhi’s illustrious career.
With a career spanning over thirty years Mehdi has always been both an extraordinary artist and person, with an avant garde style and a mystical use of writing in his work. He has collaborated with poets, fashion designers, film makers, photographers and his many outstanding political associations, have elevated him beyond artist, and into the realm of philosopher.
As always it was a fantastic evening hosted by Mehdi, who is an inspiration to many new artists in Morocco and is a kind and generous friend. Thankyou !!
This is an excerpt from the British Museums website describing the extraordinary achievements of Mehdi Qotbi.
“Mehdi Qotbi emigrated to France and graduated in 1972 from l’Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Toulouse as the school’s youngest graduate. He studied at the Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and later at the Lycée Collège Saint Joseph in Auxerre, where he trained to be a professor of plastic arts. From 1978 until 2006 he taught plastic arts at the Lycée Collège La Rochefoucauld, Paris. He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions around the world and was one of the earliest artists to create abstract pictures out of words which have become devoid of meaning. He has also created livres d’artiste with a number of writers and poets. Qotbi’s works can be found in both private and public collections in France – including the Bibliothèque Nationale, Centre Georges Pompidou and Institut du Monde Arabe, in Paris – as well as in Morocco, Malaysia and the USA. An artist and lobbyist, Qotbi founded the Cercle d’amitié francomarocaine in 1991. He has received many honours from the French government including Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, Officier des Arts et Lettres and Officier de l’Ordre National du Mérite. In Morocco he is Officier de l’Ordre du Trône. He has lived in Paris since the 1970s.”
Below, is Mehdi’s first limited edition book called “Le Voyage De L’ecriture” which contains photographs of his earlier work.
It is available from www.bookfinder.com
For more information about Mehdi Qotbi and his life visit his website.