Maël-ANC : MAEL AININE NEMA CHERIF

Mael-ANC

Maël Aïnine Néma Chérif (Maël A.N.C) was born last century in the then French West Africa (A.O.F), more precisely in the Sahara-Sahel desert of Mauritania.

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His first encounter with "pencils" was at the public school of Cansado, in Port-Etienne, today renamed Nouadhibou, where he settled as a child with his family.

At the age of ten, his father received the great reporter-photographer Guy Lequerrec from the Magnum Agency in Paris, for his first photo report in Mauritania and published in 1971 in the magazine "Jeune Afrique", a photo and an article entitled "the most prestigious family in Mauritania".

The impact of this photo where "little Maël" was seen for the first time with his family on a foreign newspaper, pushed him to ask his father to buy him a small camera, the vocation was born, so much so that he became in turn, later, photographer of the President of his country of origin.

Today, he is working, among other things, on a unique photo exhibition that he calls "the hundred and first revelations of Mauritania".

His first encounter with "pencils" was at the public school of Cansado, in Port-Etienne, today renamed Nouadhibou, where he settled as a child with his family.

At the age of ten, his father received the great reporter-photographer Guy Lequerrec from the Magnum Agency in Paris, for his first photo report in Mauritania and published in 1971 in the magazine "Jeune Afrique", a photo and an article entitled "the most prestigious family in Mauritania".

The impact of this photo where "little Maël" was seen for the first time with his family on a foreign newspaper, pushed him to ask his father to buy him a small camera, the vocation was born, so much so that he became in turn, later, photographer of the President of his country of origin.

Today, he is working, among other things, on a unique photo exhibition that he calls "the hundred and first revelations of Mauritania".

Back in Mauritania, he created, against all odds, the house of artists-plasticians of Mauritania in Nouakchott, which continues to this day to "support" local artists.

Today, Maël A.N.C has exhibited in several artists' salons in the 2nd and 14th districts of Paris where he had his studio. Today, he produces his paintings in an apartment in the 3rd arrondissement, rue Charlot, where he has "improvised" a short-lived mini-workshop to prepare for a solo exhibition, the first in a major Parisian gallery. This will be the beginning of another new story...

If we ask him to talk about his artistic work, he will tell us, inspired...: 

"I am having a lot of fun, I think I have "digested" the academicism of the Paris School of Fine Arts and finally matured, to make my creativity a self-therapy, because I miss the desert and I try to rebuild it in Paris, I jump from the rooster to the camel, from figurative to surrealism through what my imagination and my sensitivity offers me One likes it or not, but my work draws its source from my inner self, from my experience, from my vision of this world, in all lucidity while knowing that even in all innovation, one does not invent anything, one repeats tirelessly obviousnesses and old truths, so clear and limpid... "