Omar Bey

Born in 1973 in Tunis, Omar Bey lives and works in Le Kram. His works include painting, collage, and mixed media assemblage of found objects. He has developed an innovative command of materials that enable him to evoke surprise, humor, and contemplation in viewers. Bey’s themes revolve around the paradoxical excess of human existence. Each work explores an absurdity that is echoed in its construction with materials that seem to contradict one another. His work is akin to “art brut” and is characterized by his juxtaposition of solid heavy objects with light airy materials. Bey’s latest works reflect a more direct and personal engagement with the tensions of his own experiences in Tunisia, but that are also transmutable to broader contexts. Omar Bey graduated from L’Institut Supérieur des Beaux-arts in Tunis in 1998 and completed a residency at Cité Internationale des Arts during 2011-2012. His work has been featured at a number of solo and group exhibitions, and international art fairs, in his native Tunisia and beyond, in Paris, Barcelona, London, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi.