Nabil Saouabi


Nabil Saouabi, born in Jendouba, Tunisia in 1970. Nabil Saouabi obtained a master’s degree in Visual Arts in 2002 and a PhD in Science and Technical Arts in 2013 from the Institute of Fine Arts in Tunis, where he currently teaches drawing and is responsible of the print workshop. Since his first solo exhibition, he has participated in numerous exhibitions in Tunisia and abroad, including in biennials such as Dak’art, Beijing, and the 5th International Biennial of Engraving of Île de France. His works are part of prestigious private collections in Tunisia, France, Germany and the Middle East as well as in public collections, such as Tunisia’s Ministry of Culture. Since 2001, Nabil Saouabi creates an imaginary world in which a central character – a prehistoric man assuming the role of painter – emerges constantly in his drawings, paintings and engravings. This world, which constantly oscillates between an external and internal (his studio) “mise en scène”, provides a dramatic dimension to his paintings. In 2011, he moved to a new pictorial approach, which explores current political events through a body of iconic “political” images. His vision recounts the modern history of the Arab world, reflecting the tragic reality which would remain indecipherable without artistic expression.