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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. His themes revolve around the paradoxical excess of human existence. Each work explores an absurdity that 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. His latest works reflect a more direct and personal engagement with the tensions of his own experiences in Tunisia, but are also transmutable to broader contexts. He graduated from L’Institut Supérieur des Beaux-Art in Tunis in 1998, and completed a residency at Cité Internationale des Arts during 2011 and 2012. His work has been exhibited at various international art fairs in Paris, London, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. His most recent solo exhibition Mort-Vivant was held at his historical studio space in Le Kram, Tunis in May 2017.

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