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Samta Benyahia (Arabic: صامته بن يحيى‎) born in Constantine, Algeria, in 1950, is an Algerian French artist,[1] known for her Arab Berber Andalusian geometrical patterns and rosaceae, called fatima.

Benyahia studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris from 1974 to 1980, and subsequently taught at the École supérieure des Beaux-Arts fr:École des beaux-arts d'Alger in Algiers from 1980 to 1988.

She moved to France in 1988 and received her Master of Advanced Studies in plastic arts from the University of Paris VIII.

She currently works and lives in Paris.

In the past twenty years, Benyahia has participated in numerous group and solo art exhibitions in venues throughout the world, including the Dak’Art Biennale of Dakar, Senegal (2004), the Venice Biennial (2003), the Modern Art Oxford, England (2003), and the Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden (2004), the Spacex Gallery, Exeter, UK (2001–2002), the Residency and Exhibition Art in General, New York City (1996), as well as at several European and worldwide galleries.

Samta is the sister of painter and sculptor Ahmed Benyahia, student of César Baldaccini at l'École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and later a co-designer of the César Award trophy, French cinema's equivalent of the American Oscar.

She is the aunt of Algerian infographic artist and cartoonist Racim Benyahia.


In the Architecture of the Veil,[2] Benyahia's work was described as acquiring its theme:

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