Guillaume Azoulay was born in Casablanca but his parents took him to Paris when he was 10. Azoulay is a self-taught artist who began making a living on the streets, sketching and selling his drawings, by the age of 13. His encounters with travellers from all walks of life ignited a passion for travel that saw him hitchhike from Paris through Europe and the Middle East at the ripe old age of 14.
Azoulay has made the world his training ground and uses his memory and imagination to draw his subjects with a fluidity that has garnered international recognition. His drawings of dragons, horses and dancers evoke graceful movement in their line-work. He is known as, “King of the line,” – and he has been known to create a single work of art without lifting his pen from the paper.
In 1978 two of his pieces were accepted into the permanent collection of the Louvre Museum in Paris. At the time the chief curator said, “He is an artist whose varied works let us predict a very bright future.” He is the youngest artist to have his work featured in the archives of the Louvre.
Guillaume Azoulay has used his art to convey feelings of gratitude for his Jewish heritage and he is known as a generous contributor to many charitable organisations.
The artist’s work graces the private collections of President Ronald Reagan, His Majesty King Hassan II of Morocco, President Francois Mitterand of France and the late President Sadat of Egypt. Works can also be found in the Nelson Rockefeller Collection.