Omar Bey

  • Biography

    Born in 1973, Tunis, Tunisia

    Works and lives in Le Kram, Tunisia 

    Omar Bey’s 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, humour, and contemplation in viewers.

    Bey’s themes revolve around the paradoxical excess of human existence. Each work explores an absurdity which 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-art in Tunis in 1998, and completed a residency at Cité Internationale des Arts during 2011-2012. His work has been exhibited at various international art fairs in Paris, London, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.


    1998          Graduated from the Institut Supérieur des Beaux-artsof Tunis

    2017          1:54 Contemporary Art Fair, London, UK
    2017          “Mort-vivant”, Elmarsa Gallery, Le Kram, Tunis, Tunisia
    2016          “Yesterday is tomorrow’s memory: a group show of work from North Africa”, Elmarsa Gallery, Dubai
    2016          “Effervescence’’ (Group Exhibition), Institute of Islamic Cultures, Paris, France
    2016           Art Dubai 2016, Dubai
    2015           Art Dubai 2015, Dubai
    2014           Art Dubai 2014, Dubai
    2014           Abu Dhabi Art  2014,    Abu Dhabi
    2013          “Sans Titre”, Group show, Elmarsa Gallery, Tunis
    2013           Abu Dhabi Art 2013, Abu Dhabi
    2013          “Enfermé dehors” (Solo Exhibition) Mille Feuilles Gallery, Tunis
    2012          Solo Exhibition at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris
    2012          Galerie Sponte, Musée du Montparnasse, Paris
    2011          “Cut log” (FIAC off’), Paris
    2011          “Le poids du faire” (Solo Exhibition), Kanvas Art Gallery, Tunis
    2008-11      Le Printemps des Arts de la Marsa, Tunis
    2008-11     Galerie Air libre El Teatro, Tunis
    2008-11     Kanvas Art Gallery, Tunis
    2008-11     Galerie Ammar Farhat, Tunis
    2008         “Perception de la ville” Barcelone
    2007         “Temps de rouille” solo show, Mille Feuilles Gallery, Tunis
    2002         “Au Frigo” (Solo Exhibition) Paris, France
    2001        “Corpus” (Solo Exhibiton) Galerie du Palais Royal, Paris


    2011-12    Cité Internationale des Arts


    - Il était une fois… Omar Bey, by Marie-Laure Desjardins, ArtsHebdo Médias - Le site d'information dédié à l'art contemporain, 26 octobre 2017 :
    - Le printemps de l’art en Tunisie, a documentary Tracks sur ARTE diffusé le samedi 10 octobre 2015
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