Khaled Ben Slimane

Born in Tunisia in 1951

Khaled-Ben-Slimane_Howa.jpg - Howa | Acrylic on canvas | 116x89 cm | 2007

Following art studies in the Beaux- Arts of Tunis and at the Escuela Massana in Barcelona, Khaled visited Iran, India and Pakistan; countries with strong ceramic traditions. He was also invited by the Indemitsu Museum of Arts in Japan. He had his first solo exhibition in 1985. His work has been widely exhibited around the world – in Tunis, Paris, Kobe, New York, Berlin, Zagreb, Milan, London and Spain as well as in museums worldwide – including the Almunecar in Spain, with ceramics by Picasso, Miro, Artigas etc. In 2003 he then took part in the exhibition “Arabic Scrip: Beauty and Meaning”, at the British Museum in London, and at the Ian Potter Museum of Art in Melbourne, Australia. Also, he participated at the group exhibition “Word into Art: artists of the Modern Middle East” at the British Museum in 2006. Meanwhile, Kahled has been awarded several international prizes including the Honour Prize at the 3rd worldwide triennial of ceramics in Zaghreb (Yugoslavia) in 1991; in 2002 he received the Grand Prix International of ceramics in Vietri sul Mare (Italy) as well as the National Prize for Culture in Tunisia. In 2004 he won the International Prize for Arts and Letters in Tunisia also. Since 1990, Ben Slimane has been an elected member of the Academie Internationale de Ceramique in Geneva, as a consultant for UNESCO. He lives and works in Tunis. His works can be found in many private and public collections such as the British Museum and the Smithsonian Institute, Washington. Additionally, his works have been the subject of many publications, such as Ben Slimane: De La Terre Au Ciel” by Marthe Latapie; “Africa – Arts and “Kha-led edited by John Mack, London (British Museum Press); “Khaled Ben Slimane: Cultures”, Ceramices of Tunisia” Simpact 2004; “World Famous Ceramic Artists’ Studios” by Hebei Fine Arts Publishing House (China), in 2005; and “Word Into Art: Artists of the Modern Middle East”, by Venetia Porter (British Museum Press) in 2006.

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