Khaled Ben Slimane
Born in 1951 in Nabeul, Khaled Ben Slimane lives and works in Tunis. His multi-disciplinary practice includes paintings on paper, canvas and wood, as well as ceramic and bronze sculptures. A synthesis of East and West, his work invokes Sufism through the graphic repetition of words and phrases in a distinctive style, which is partly inspired by the masters he once met or worked with, such as Joan Miro and Antoni Tapies. He graduated from the Escola Massana of Barcelona in 1977 and Technological Institute of Art in Tunis in 1982. His art has been exhibited alongside works by maestros such as Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso and Joan Gardy Artigas. Solo exhibitions have been held across the world, including in the United Arab Emirates, KSA, US, Germany, Spain, UK, Bulgaria, Japan and his native Tunisia. His works are part of various private and public collections, including the British Museum, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, the Idemitsu Museum of Arts in Tokyo, the Benaki Museum in Athens, the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts in Amman, the Badisches Landesmuseum in Karlsruhe and the Museu de Ceramica in Barcelona. In 1990 he was elected a member of the International Academy of Ceramics, Geneva, Switzerland.