Hachmi Azza Biography

Hachmi Azza




Printmaker Hachmi Azza was born in Larache, Morocco, in 1950. He studied at L'Ecole de Beaux Arts, Tetouan, Morocco, from 1965-1969, and held his first show in Tetouan in 1966. He then studied at the Academie Royale de Beauz Arts (1969 - 1972) and L'Ecole Nationale Superieure s'Architecture et d'Art Visuel (1972-1976), both in Brussels. It was at the latter that he was introduced to mezzotint, which then became his primary medium.

Azza has participated in solo and group shows throughout the world, including in Yugoslavia, Norway, Switzerland, Belgium, Iraq, Japan, Germany, Poland, the UK, and the US. A retrospective of his work was held at the Jordan National Fine Gallery of Fine Art, Jordan, in 2015. His works are held in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia; Ekaterinaberg Museum of Fine Arts, Russia; Brussels Rotary Club, Belgium; Kruizenga Art Museum, Hope College, Michigan, USA; and the Museum of Bagdad in Munich, among others. He currently lives and works in Solingen, Germany, and has exhibited as recently as June of 2022 ("60 x 60 - The Wondering Mind", group exhibition, Art Gallery Largo, Varna, Belgium).  

Selected Awards
2007: Honorable Mention, International Biennale of Small Graphics and Ex Libris, Ostrow, Wielkopolski, Poland
2003: Hon. Mention, Int'l Miniprint Biennial, Cluj-Napoca; 
1st prize and Special Prize, Int'l Biennale Small Graphics and Ex Libris, Ostrow Wielkopolski, Poland 
2000: Prize, Int'l Small Engravings Salon, Baia Mare, Romania 
1999: Honorary award, Int'l Biennale of Graphic Art, Lubin, Poland 
1997: Medal of Honor, Int'l Biennale of Graphic Art, Lubin, Poland
1996: Jury's Prize, Int'l Triennial of Graphic Art, Cairo, Egypt 
1995: Prize, City of Lubin, Int'l Biennale of Graphic Art, Poland
1992: Honorary prize, Int'l Mail Art Exhibition, Vilnius, Lithuania
1988: 2nd Prize, Int'l Trienneal of the Black Way, Sopot, Poland
1983: Award, Biennale of Engraving, Iraq Cultural Center, London, UK; Purchase Prize, 5th Biennale of Engraving, Ljubljana, Yugoslavia
1980: Hon. Mention, 5th World Exhibition, Iraq Cultural Center; Prize, City of Frechen, 6th Int'l Biennial of Engraving, Germany
1976: Purchase Prize, 6th Biennial of Drawing, Rijeka, Yugoslavia; 2nd Prize, Blanc et Noir Competition, Brussels, Belgium
1972: Medal for Sculpture, Belgian Government, Academy of Brussels, Belgium
1969: 1st Prize of the City of Tetouan, Morocco