Khaled Ben Slimane

Born in Nabeul, Tunisia in 1951, Khaled Ben Slimane graduated from the Escola Massana of Barcelona in 1977 and then from the Technological Institute of Art in Tunisia in 1982. His multidisciplinary practice includes paintings on paper, canvas and wood. He is mostly known for his ceramic and bronze sculptures. His work is a harmonious marriage of Eastern and Western tradition. The graphic repetition of the “written word” complies with the conventions of Sufism. The Japanese technique he uses in his calligraphy resonates greatly with Western contemporary purism. His use of negative space elevates his pieces into a cosmic realm. The artist’s works are part of many private and public collections such as the British Museum, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., the Idemitsu Museum of Arts in Tokyo, the Benaki Museum in Athens, the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts in Amman, and the Badisches Landesmuseum in Karlsruhe. In 1990, he was elected a member of the International Academy of Ceramics, Geneva, Switzerland. His art was exhibited alongside works by maestros such as Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso, and Joan Gardy Artigas. In addition, he held solo exhibitions across the world, including Tunisia, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, the USA, Germany, Spain, the UK, Bulgaria and Japan.