A painter in the manner of the Abstract Expressionists, Roger Eskenazi was born in the French town of Sarcelles in the Val d’Oise on April 18, 1923. In 1941 he enrolled at the Ecole du Louvre where he was fortunate to attend the private ateliers of both Fernand Leger and Andre Lhote. In addition, his work was deemed promising enough that he received encouragement from the artists Edouard Pignon and Andre Masson who recognized his latent talent. In 1943 he held his first solo exhibition in Limoges, but it was his participation in more important Paris group shows that can be considered of more significance. In 1944 and 1945 he showed at the Salon des Moins de Trente Ans, Salon d’Automne and the Salon de Mai. Early on his work was observed from nature which, although fairly abstract, had a distinct rhythmic tendency. From 1948 his paintings define a juxtaposition of colored flat areas and shapes. The subjects also drawn from nature but rather more abstract in their execution. Dogs, mothers with their children, forest scenes and markets proved popular in his oeuvre. By the 1960s he was attempting larger more dramatic compositions based on historical events. Roger Eskenazi exhibited widely throughout his life enjoying solo exhibitions at the Maison de la Culture de Saint-Etienne, Maison de la Culture de Creteil, Maison de la Culture Amiens, Musee de Beaux Arts de Caen, Musee de Beaux Arts de Nantes, Centre d’Art Contemporain de Rouen, Centre Cultural Francais de Luxemburg amongst others.