Born 1931, Mostaganem, Algeria
A painter and engraver, Abdallah Benanteur graduated from the École des Beaux-Arts, Oran, in 1948. In 1951, he fulfilled his military service in Kabylia, moving to Paris two years later to start his career as a painter. He became an engraver in 1962, and since then has produced over 1,300 livres d'artiste - many of them small editions - illustrating Persian, American, German, and English poetry, as well as the work of contemporary Algerian writers and the poetry of his wife, Monique Boucher, who is also a painter.
He has participated in several painting exhibitions and international biennials of graphic art. Retrospectives of his work have been held at the Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris, 1970, and the Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, 2003. From 1970-75, Benanteur was professor at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, and École des Arts Décoratifs, in Paris. His work is held in numerous public and private collections. He lives and works in Ivry-sur-Seine, France.