Originally a potter in Safi, Azedine Bendra's watercolors were discovered in Ouarzazate by a UNESCO worker in 2001 and are now exhibited in France and Marrakech. A biography has recently been written about him and the journey he took both geographically and spiritually to arrive in Ouarzazate and begin his life as a painter. His paintings depict the rural life of central and southern Morocco in soft, wide brushstrokes of pale blues, browns, and grays. Those from his collection that aren't snatched up by exhibitors and galleries are sold from a small shop on avenue Mohammed V between Hertz and the mosque. Open daily with flexible hours between 8am and 8pm.
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