APS - 28 June 2020
ALGIERS- A vibrant tribute was paid to German painter, Bettina Heinen Ayach, who died on June 7 at the age of 82, by Algerian ambassador in Berlin, Nor-Eddine Aouam, who greeted the memory of an artist "whose work mirrors the fusional link she has forged with Algeria and its people".
In a message of condolence to the family, the ambassador noted the artistic value of Bettina Heinen Ayach's paintings, "watercolors with colors shimmering and full of light, like Algeria to which she is deeply attached," immortalizing the region of Guelma where she lived for a long time with her late husband Abdelhamid Ayach.
Born in 1937 in Solingen, Germany, Bettina Heinen Ayach trained at the School of Fine Arts in Cologne before continuing her studies in countries like Sweden, Switzerland and Norway and exhibits her first works in 1955. She settles in Guelma, hometown of her husband in 1963.
In 1968, Bettina Heinen-Ayech's first works were purchased by the National Museum of Fine Arts in Algiers, and in 1976 she received the Grand Prize from the city of Algiers.
In 1992, a retrospective with 120 of her paintings was exhibited at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Algiers before being awarded the cultural prize of the Solingen Community Foundation in Baden, one year later.
In 2004, a second major retrospective of her works was presented in Algiers.
In 2018, Bettina Heinen-Ayech's works were presented in around one hundred individual and group exhibitions in Europe, in America and Africa.