Erik Desmazières, born in Rabat in 1948, is described as “arguably the finest French printmaker of his generation”. Recently honored with a retrospective exhibition at the Rembrandt House Museum in Amsterdam, Desmazières has received
the Grand Prix des Arts de la Ville de Paris, and was elected to the Société des Peintres-Graveurs Français, where he currently serves as Vice President.
Desmazières’s etchings are at once shockingly strange and
profoundly realistic. Employing fine technical skill, perspectival brilliance, and idiosyncratic imagery, his work is both recognizable for its antecedents—Giovanni Batista Piranesi (1720-1778), the Old Masters, and a childhood love of science fiction—and wholly unique.