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Mohamed Al Zawawi


Libyan cartoonist and caricature artist. Worked in several local and international Newspapers

Mohamed Al Zawawi

Libyan satirical artist and cartoonist.  He was born on the outskirts of Benghazi in 1936. He studied at Al-Abyar Boarding School until the fourth primary school (in 1951, and graduated in 1956 with a fourth primary certificate). He is considered one of the most important caricature artists in Libya


  • Worked as a Cartoonist in the audiovisual department of the Ministry of News and Guidance from 1961 to 1963
  • At the beginning of his life, he worked as a cartoonist in Benghazi and when he moved to Tripoli in 1963, he worked as a cartoonist and a journalistic director for the magazine “Radio” in Tripoli, and on its pages, he formed the first satirical painting.
  • Journal (Women) 1965
  • Al-Alam Newspaper 1965
  • Newspaper (Al-Maidan) 1967
  • Hope Children’s Magazine 1974
  • (Sports Echo) His motto was the hedgehog
  • Revolution Newspaper After the Revolution of the Great Conqueror of 1969
  • Illustrator in the newspaper “Political Week”
  • Al, Jamahiriya Newspaper
  • The newspaper “Green Crawl”
  • La Magazine, 1991
  • Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper about a page for twelve weekly issues
  • Magazine (witness)
  • Al-Ahram Al-Arabi Magazine
  • Newspaper (Money and Business) which is published bi-monthly
  • The weekly newspaper “Sabah Oya” 2010


  • The Order of the Conqueror on the twentieth anniversary of 1996
  • Order of Good Work twice
  • Gold medal in Kuwait for a personal exhibition
  • Honoring the Arab League as one of the pioneers in 2005
  • The Order of Good Example awarded to him by Al-Sawwa Al-Hassanah Magazine on 03.02.2007

Exhibitions & Publications


He held many local and foreign exhibitions including

  • Tunis Fair 1982
  • Zawawi Exhibition, Culture Division, Libya, 1983


Books & Publications

  • The Other Face (1966-1972)
  • You (1973 – 1983)
  • Bells 2007
  • “Mohammed al-Zawawi the Pleasure of Irony” edited by Fatima Ghandour, The Experience of the Cartoonist Mohammed al-Zawawi (1935-2011)



  • A short story in London entitled (Hajj Nakd) – United Kingdom
  • Writing and drawing a story entitled “The Diary of Juha” and executed in Japan and its duration (45) minutes 1981

Additional Information

He died on Sunday, June 5, 2011 in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, at the age of 76. The death occurred as a result of a stroke in the heart when the artist was writing his first lines for his unfinished drawing, which led to him falling from his chair, and his death

External Links

The Other Face – الوجه الآخر
Antum – أنتم




Colored Drawings

Personal Photos

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