Walid Ardhaoui

Walid Ardhaoui, born in 1978 in Kairouan.

Biography

I obtained my Interior Design degree in 2006 (ISBAT) and a Diploma of English in 2008 (Dublin School of English). I have been exhibiting since 1994, as a student at the El Omrane Arts Pilot High School. Installed in Tunisia since 2014 I participated in several artistic events including “Al Maken” in Sidi Bou Said, and a group exhibition in EL Teatro. Meanwhile, I lived, worked and exhibited, between Dublin, Dubai and Abha (Saudi Arabia).

My first personal exhibition “AL MAHJOUZ”, the seized, EL Teatro, was in April 2016, oil painting on recycled wood and cement, offering realistic figures, which are immersed in a consumerist newspaper. In 2017, I participated in a personal exhibition “BARZAKH”, isthmus, at  Aicha Gorgi gallery, as part of the Jaou 2017 event organized by kamel Lazaar Foundation with the theme “The Migrant Nation”. Through my paintings, I traced the sad journey of some young people where dreams begin with a smile and a bright future to end in disappointment and bitterness. One of these works is currently part of the Kamel Lazaar Foundation Collection. .

I use photography as an intermediary between reality and painting, I need to paint, to make the invisible visible. Painting helps me to escape the criteria of languages, religions and cultures. I do not analyze or express myself, I simply ask myself a question: who is jealous of the other, the painting or the photo? Who defines the other, us or space?

Exhibitions

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair

AGorgi gallery, London, UK – 2019

عرس الذيب

Solo show, AGorgi Gallery, Sidi Bou Saïd, Tunisia – 2019

Tresholds

Hafez gallery, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – 2019

Mirage d’espoir

Group show, International Organisation for Migration, Palais El Abdelliya, La Marsa, Tunisia – 2019

Fantasmagories

Artcom Concept, La Marsa, Tunisia – 2019

Une ligne, un tracé… 

Jaou, Fondation Kamel Lazaar & AGorgi Gallery, Sidi Bou Saïd, Tunisia – 2018

Etat des lieux

AGorgi Gallery, Sidi Bou Saïd, Tunisia – 2018

Le retour

El teatro Gallery, Tunis, Tunisia – 2018

Isthmus

Solo show, AGorgi Gallery, Sidi Bou Saïd, Tunisia – 2017

Al Mahjouz

El teatro, Tunis, Tunisia – 2016

New art

El teatro, Tunis, Tunisia – 2016

El Maken

IHET, Sidi Dhrif, Tunisia – 2015

Group show

ALFURUSIYAH CLUB, Jeddah KSA – 2014

Group show

Abha KSA – 2012

Group exhibitions

GREEN GALLERY, Dublin, Ireland – 2008-09

Tribute to Tunisian painters

Charles de Gaulle Library, France – 1998

Places, memories and modernity

Yahia Gallery, Tunis, Tunisia – 1998

Surface support, with the French painter Claude Viallat

Ibn Rachik Gallery, Tunis, Tunisia – 1998

Vision of Europe in the year 2000

Strasbourg, France – 1997

Goup show

Yahia Gallery, Tunis, Tunisia – 1995

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRICE

1996 : 2nd prize at the National Competition of Craftsmen (painting prize) – Tunis- Tunisia