Jaouad BENTAMA

Biography

Jaouad Bentama is a French artist who was born and raised in Paris. There, he started painting at the tender age of 11 with Monsieur Pierrot, a neighbour he refers to as his “scary neighbour”. He dropped out of school to start a career as a painter,

Jaouad Bentama is a French artist who was born and raised in Paris. There, he started painting at the tender age of 11 with Monsieur Pierrot, a neighbour he refers to as his “scary neighbour”. He dropped out of school to start a career as a painter, but could not enter to the Beaux Arts schools, neither find representation by a gallery in Paris. Art was his sole escape from a challenging reality. His work embodies a mix of emotions ranging from love to hate and from life to death and he leaves a piece of his soul onto each and every one of the canvases he creates. With that in mind, the rebel with a cause decided to move to New York in 2012, with the ambition to prove the world that talent knows no boundaries. As he points out, “Everything you can imagine is real”.

He currently is based in New York, where he works and pursues his dream and his art has been a collector's favorite both in Europe and the US.

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Technique

The Jah's (his nickname) art revolves around the emotional and psychological wounds he endured as a child and young adult, reminiscing of his troubled early years. One of the most-loved childhood toys, Mickey Mouse is very often a subject of his work. A

The Jah's (his nickname) art revolves around the emotional and psychological wounds he endured as a child and young adult, reminiscing of his troubled early years. One of the most-loved childhood toys, Mickey Mouse is very often a subject of his work. A symbol of happiness for many people, in fact terrifies him and brings back startling memories.

He uses mixed media and unanimous everyday objects which he brings to life through his art and sources his materials (plush toys) from anywhere possible: flea markets, hospitals, unwanted items at charity shops. His art is cathartic for the artist's soul.

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