Karmane, who has become a prominent name in Moroccan art, has won the prize twice before.
Rabat – Abdelfettah Karmane, a Moroccan artist born in Sidi Slimane, has won the French “Mondial Art Academy” prize for the third time, having also won the prize in 2016 and 2018.
His winning piece this year is a watercolor entitled “Nature morte aux citrons” (Dead nature with lemons). The painting is in the hyper-realistic surrealism style that Karmane has become synonymous with.
Karmane, who exhibited his work for the first time at just 14 in his hometown, has since become a prominent figure in Moroccan art. The artist is a graduate of the School of Plastic Arts in Rabat.
Combining his modern education from the Rabat school and the Moroccan touch and inspiration he started with back in his hometown, Karmane’s work has received international acclaim, with his work being exhibited in France, Portugal, Italy, and Russia.
Even as his paintings gain international attention, they still maintain their distinctive Moroccan flair.
“While these paintings have a very distinct voice, the trace of Karmane’s origins remain obvious,” said Mondial Art Academy on its website. “Architectural and decorative motifs are drawn from the Moroccan tradition and ensure the compositions a frank local tone.”