Fatma Charfi Mseddi

Fatma Charfi was born in 1955 in Sfax and died in 2018 in Vevey.


Fatma Charfi was born in 1955 into a large family of Maghrebi nautical cartographers from Tunisia. * She was the fifth child and the only daughter of eight and grew up with her seven brothers and mother, Nabiha Ben Cheikh and father, Abdel Raouf Charfi in the city of Sfax. Her artistic career began in 1974 at Institut Supérieur des Beaux-Arts de Tunis in the capital, Tunis where she studied for her degree in Fine Art. In 1977 she went on to train as a cartoonist in Poland. In 1980 she moved to France and worked on her doctorate in “Artistic Aesthetics” at the Institut d’Estétique et de Sciences de l’Art de Paris | Sorbonne, and in 1985, she was awarded a PhD for her thesis related to the experimentation and the study of water; a year later she moved to Bern, Switzerland to attend the École Supérieure d’Art Visuel de Genève, where she enjoyed an internship.

Photos courtesy of Nabil Mseddi.



Posthumous exhibitions

2023 : Abu Dhabi Artfair, A.Gorgi Gallery, UAE.

2018 : ÊTRE-AVEC, Embassy of Switzerland in Tunisia, The Swiss Confederation, Tunis.

2018 :  Hommage « 40ème jour du décès de l’artiste » Cité de la Culture – Ministère de la culture, Tunis.

Solo exhibitions (Selection)

2009 : Jardin et désastres – Cultiver les paradoxes , Galerie A. Gorgi, Tunis.

2007 : Rouge, Blanc, Noir , Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore.

2006 : Laboratoire de Paix, Lausanne University Hospital, Switzerland.

2006 : Cri d’enfant, futur d’un rêve, El Marsa Gallery, Tunis.

2002 : Laboratoire de Paix, Stadtgalerie – Stadttheater, Bern.

Group Exhibitions (selection)

“Laboratory of Peace” performance,Paul Klee Zentrum, Bern.
Écritures,  A.Gorgi Gallery, Tunis
SadiKlee, Espace Art Sadika, Tunis.

Drum and sacred sounds, Lake Zürich.
The Veil: Visible and Invisible spaces, travelling exhibition (USA):

Bartlett Center for the Visual Arts, Oklahoma City.
Saint Mary’s College Museum of Art, California.

International African Contemporary Art Biennale, Guest of Honour, Dakar .
L’enfance en partage, United Nations Gallery, Geneva.
La part du Corps , Palais Kheireddine, Tunis.

The Veil: Visible and Invisible spaces travelling exhibition (USA):
Fine Art Center Gallery, Arkansas.
The Dairy Center for Arts, Boulder.
Union Gallery, Wisconsin.

Contemporary Art breaking news from the middle east, Paris
Hommage à Gorgi ,  A.Gorgi Gallery, Tunis

Art Fairs:

2023 :