Gouider Triki

  • Gouider Triki

    Born 1949 in Nabeul, Tunisia, lives and works in Tunisia.
    Gouider Triki is a painter and engraver whose work creates a new language of abstraction based on magical and mystical symbols as well as on signs from Islamic decorative traditions and crafts. His education includes periods of study at L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Tunis and in Paris, a residency at the Cité Internationale de Paris, and tutelage at the studios of painters and engravers such as G. Lagrange, Lucien Couteau, and Bertrand Borny. Triki also took part in various exhibitions at this time, frequently attending the Salon de la Jeune Peinture, l’Espace Cardin and the Biennale of Paris. Knowledge of woodcutting and engraving learned during these apprenticeships helped to strengthen his technique and vision. Between 1978 and 1992, he exhibited internationally in such art cultural hotspots as Baghdad, Rabat, London, Rome and New York. Selected exhibition venues include the MNAM-Centre Pompidou and the Institut du monde arabe (Arab World Institute) in Paris, the Musée d’Ethnographie de Corse, and the Palais des Gouverneurs Génois in Bastia.
    Grounded in his life as a farmer and herd keeper, Triki explores representations of cultural idioms and zoomorphism. His paintings and lithographs situate symbols from nature, animals, and human figures in dreamlike, imaginary landscapes, which give the sense of an organized chaos. In the colors and composition of the works, the aesthetic influences of Surrealism, Cubism, and Expressionism, as well as artists such as Paul Klee and Marc Chagall, come through strongly. While first glance, the pieces appear agitated and disordered, the signs and symbols coalesce into new topographies through the repetition of motifs.



    2000    Galerie Kalyste, Tunis.

    1998    Darat El Founoun, Amman (Jordan) – Abdul Hameed Shoman Fondation. 

    1997    Galerie Kalyste, Tunis.

    1995    La Saison de Tunise, Toulouse (France). Galerie Kalyste, Tunis. Maison de la culture d’Amiens, (France).

    1994    Galerie Kalyste, Tunis.

    1993    Exhibition Hôtel Le Lacoste, Pézenas, France.

    1992    Gouider Triki: gravures, peintures, Institut du monde arabe, Paris. 

    1991    La Tunisie à Bastia : Musée d’Ethnographie de Corse, Palais des Gouverneurs Génois, Bastia.

    1978    “Ateliers Aujourd'hui 9- Koffi Mouroufié, Gouider Triki”, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.

    1977    Exhibition at the Galerie de l‘information, Tunis.


    2016    Yesterday is tomorrow’s memory: a group show of work from North Africa, Elmarsa gallery, Dubai

    2015    Rituals of Signs and Transitions (1975- 1995), Darat al Funun, Amman, Jordan

    2012    Intervalles, Elmarsa gallery, Tunis

    2011    Une histoire sur l’art ‘Untitled: a story about art in today’s world’, Elmarsa gallery, Tunis 

    2009    Views and Perspective, Elmarsa gallery, Tunis

    2006    Galerie El Marsa, Tunis.

    2004    Galerie El Marsa, Tunis.

    2003    Galerie El Marsa, Tunis.

    2000    "The Magic of Signs and Patterns in North African Art", The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York , Galerie El Marsa, Tunis.

    1998    Galerie Kalyste, Tunis.

    1997    City of Villeneuve Le Roi (France).

    1997    Darat El Founoun, Amman; The Khalid Shoman Foundation (Jordan).

    1995-1996    Itinerary exhibition “Rencontres Africaines” (Niamey, Niger- Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso- Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire- Bamako,    Mali- Casablanca, Morocco).

    1993-1994    Painting from the Maghreb: Spain, Belgium.

    1993-1994   Institut du Monde Arabe : Rencontres Africaines.

    1993-1994   South African National Gallery of Cape Town (South Africa).

    1993-1994   African Museum, Johannesburg (South Africa).

    1993-1994   Cultergest of Lisbon (Portugal).

    1991    L’Altra Arte Contemporanea, Marsala (Italy).

    1991    IV Biennale of Havana (Cuba).

    1991    Méditerranée-Jeux de Lumières, Musée d’Ephèbe, Cap d’Agde (France).

    1989    “En toutes lettres” Marseille (France).

    1988    Centre d’art vivant of the city of Tunis.

    1987    Six peintres tunisiens contemporains, Musée National des Arts Africains et Océaniens, Paris

    1987    Maison de la Culture, Le Havre.

    1987    Galerie Gorgi, Tunis.

    1986    Art Contemporain Tunisien, Paris.

    1986    Galerie La médina, Tunis.

    1986    Six peintres tunisiens contemporains, Musée d'Art Moderne-Villeneuve d'Ascq, Lille

    1986    Festival des arts plastiques, Baghdad, Iraq

    1985    2nd annual exhibition of Tunisian contemporary art, Centre d’art vivant of the city of Tunis.

    1984    Galerie Taghinia - Milani, New York.

    1984    Musée des Beaux-arts de Pau (France).

    1984    1st Annual exhibition of Tunisian contemporary art, Tunis. 

    1982    Galerie Attaswir, Tunis.

    1982    Art Arabe Contemporain, Bruxelles (Belgium).

    1981    Galerie Nationale Bab Rouah, Rabat (Morocco).

    1980    Galerie l’Atelier Rabat (Morocco).

    1980    Art Arabe Contemporain, Centre d’Art Vivant, Tunis.

    1980    Exhibitions in Baghdad, London, Roma.

    1980    XIème Biennale de Paris.

    1978    Arts arabes actuels, espace Cardin, Paris.

    1977    Cité internationale des arts de Paris.

    1977    La Peinture en Tunisie, Centre d’art vivant de la ville de Tunis.

    1977    Centre des arts et des loisirs du Vesinet, Musée Avalon.

    1977    33ème salon de Mai, Paris.

    1976-1977     27th/28th Salon de la Jeune Peinture, Musée du Luxembourg, Paris.

    1976    Itinerary exhibitions in Italy and Greece.

    1975    Galerie Yahia, Groupe 70, Tunis.

    1971    Galerie Yahia, Tunis