Gouider Triki

  • Biography

    Born in 1949, Nabeul, Tunisia

    Lives and works in Lezdine, Tunisia

    Gouider Triki is a painter and engraver whose work creates a new language of abstraction based on mystical symbols and decorative signs from Islamic and Berber traditions. Grounded in his upbringing as a farmer, Triki explores representations of cultural idioms and mythological representations. Influenced by the work of Paul Klee, Triki created a new language of abstraction based on symbols from nature, and human figures in dreamlike, imaginary landscapes, which portray an organized chaos.

    Triki’s education includes periods at L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Tunis and in Paris, a residency at the Cité Internationale de Paris, as well as tutelage at the studios of artists G. Lagrange, Lucien Couteau, and Bertrand Borny.

    His works were exhibited internationally in Baghdad, Rabat, London, Rome and New York. Selected exhibition venues include MNAM-Centre Pompidou and Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, Musée d’Ethnographie de Corse, and Palais des Gouverneurs Génois in Bastia.



    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.
    1977        Back to his homeland, where he’s strengthening his spiritual links with his Tunisian roots, Triki’s currently spending part of his time farming the land while working at his art.
    1975-76   He receives a grant for an internship at the Cité Internationale des Arts de Paris.
                   Meanwhile, Triki participates in several artistic events, frequently attending the Salon de la Jeune Peinture, l’Espace Cardin and the Biennale.
    1971-74   He continues his education at the Ecole des beaux-arts of Paris, while spending time in studios of artist painters and engravers like G. Lagrange, Lucien Couteau and Bertrand Borny where he learnt wood cutting and engraving.
    1966-71   Graduated from the Ecole des beaux-arts de Tunis


    2017            1:54 Contemporary Art Fair, London, UK
    2017            Art Paris Art Fair, Paris
    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)
                       Darat El Founoun, Amman; the Khalid Shoman Foundation (Jordan).
    1995-96      Itinerary exhibition “Rencontres Africaines” (Niamey, Niger- Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso- Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire- Bamako, Mali- Casablanca, Morocco)
    1993-94      Painting from the Maghreb: Spain, Belgium
                      Institut du Monde Arabe : Rencontres Africaines
                      South African National Gallery of Cape Town (South Africa)
                      African Museum, Johannesburg (South Africa)
                      Cultergest of Lisbon (Portugal)
    1991           L’Altra Arte Contemporanea, Marsala (Italy).
                      IV Biennale of Havana (Cuba)
                      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
                      Maison de la Culture, Le Havre
                      Galerie Gorgi, Tunis
    1986           Art Contemporain Tunisien, Paris
                      Galerie La médina, Tunis
                      Six peintres tunisiens contemporains, Musée d'Art Moderne-Villeneuve d'Ascq, Lille
                      Festival des arts plastiques, Baghdad, Irak
    1985           2nd annual exhibition of Tunisian contemporary art, Centre d’art vivant of the city of Tunis
    1984           Galerie Taghinia - Milani, New York Musée des Beaux-arts de Pau, France 1st Annual exhibition of Tunisian contemporary art, Tunis
    1982           Galerie Attaswir, Tunis Art Arabe Contemporain, Bruxelles, Belgium
    1981           Galerie Nationale Bab Rouah, Rabat, Morocco
    1980           Galerie l’Atelier Rabat, Morocco
                      Art Arabe Contemporain, Centre d’Art Vivant, Tunis
                      Exhibitions in Baghdad, London, Roma
                      XIème Biennale de Paris
    1978           Arts arabes actuels, espace Cardin, Paris
    1977           Cité internationale des arts de Paris
                      La Peinture en Tunisie, Centre d’art vivant de la ville de Tunis
                      Centre des arts et des loisirs du Vesinet, Musée Avalon
                      33ème salon de Mai, Paris
    1976-77      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


    Gouider Triki: gravures, peintures: Paris, Institut du monde arabe, 13 mai-28 juin 1992, Paris: Institut du monde arabe, 1992.

    Six peintres tunisiens contemporains : Lille : Musée d'Art Moderne-Villeneuve d'Asc ; Ed. Musée national des arts africains et océaniens, 1986 - Written by P. R. Chaigneau ; in collab. with Marie-Anne Chaigneau ; pref. by Ali Louati La

    Tunisie à Bastia : 17 oct.-30 nov. 91, Musée d'ethnographie corse, Palais des gouverneurs gênois; Ed. Bastia: Musée d'ethnographie corse, 1991

    In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000