My artwork is contemporary art drawings that reflect my view of life and my sentiments about the current state of our society, socio political issues, taboos, religion, relationships, health, and human rights. It is also a depiction of my past experiences and how they have influenced me. My artwork is also a sort of diary of my everyday life. I like to use a combination of intricate lines, shapes and repetitive patterns that I usually enhance with colors, ink, gold and silver paint and watercolors to create the desired textures and intensity mostly on Arch paper.
I have been interested and attracted to art and drawing since my early childhood. I grew up in Tunisia, North Africa. Tunisia is at a crossroad of eastern and ancient art and cultures on one hand and western
more contemporary art on the other. My art reflects a fusion of east and west with a penchant for North African and Berber art.
All my drawings are full of symbols and meaning that explain my sentiments about milestones in my life, my past experiences and my everyday life. I also try to express my views about current sociopolitical issues, health issues, religions and human rights. But I also try to draw in a way that allows the viewers to interpret the pieces in their own way. The goal of my drawings is to intrigue, engage and provoke thought and reflection from the viewers. The intricate level of detail in each piece allows the viewer to discover more details and make new interpretations each time they view the piece.
I am also an art educator. I taught special needs children in Tunisia, my goal was to make them comfortable and communicate through art.
In the US my teaching is focused on recycling materials. I taught at Greenwood Avenue Farmers Market, Boys and Girls Club in Trenton and Monmouth Museum. I currently teach at Artworks Trenton and Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion,
I also belong to the Artworks Trenton Community Artist Board. I am an active volunteer member at Artworks Trenton and Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion.
I co-owned a gallery in Lambertville New Jersey with a group of artists for a year. I curated shows and I was responsible for social media activities and advertisements.
Shows and Exhibitions
-From North Africa to North America: Stories Through Lines Solo Show at the Hutchins Main Gallery in the Lawrenceville School, February 2023
-Du Misanthrope au Cardinale: Solo Show at La Croisee Des Chemins Theatre, Paris France, December 2022.
-Fresh Art I, Group art show at the Trenton Free Public Library, October 2022.
-Mill Hill Massacre Prt2, A Halloween themed group Art Show, Mill Hill Saloon Trenton, October 2022.
-Wonderland an international Juried Exhibition at the Trolley Barn Gallery in Poughkeepsie NY, September 2022, The Resting Goddess.
-Mercer County Artists Exhibition 2022, a juried exhibition, at The Gallery at Mercer County Community College,
July 2022 Color of Mania.
-First Friday at Passage Theatre: Scene Three, Groupe Show July 2022, Al Zaytouna Mosque Photograph.
-Ellarslie Open 39, Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion. June 2022, Pride and Envy.
-The Heartlines_Continue Group Show at Ceres Gallery in Chelsea NYC, May 2022
-Divine Feminine, Group Show at Passage theatre Trenton May 2022, Colors of Mania.
-Mill Hill First Friday, Trenton Photo Club Artshow, May 2022.
-Mill Hill First Friday : Krampus Group Art Show, December 2021.
-Tiger Labs Princeton, Solo Show, December 2021.
-10x10 Red Dot Charity Events, Artworks Trenton, December 2021.
-Solo Show, Starbucks, Trenton,June 2021.
-Mind Stroll Solo Show, Chashama Chelsea NYC 2019.
-The Shared Meal, Artworks Trenton, 2019.
-Post-Apocalyptic Landscapes Group Show, Visual Stream Gallery at Lambertville NJ, February 2019.
-Common Thread 7 "Sanctuary" Group Show, BSB Gallery, 2019.
-Mind Stroll Solo Show, Chashama Mattawan, 2019.
-Winter SOULstice Group Show, inspire by myths moods and soul of the season, Visual Stream Gallery at Lambertville NJ, December 2018.
-Trenton Photography Club Holiday Exhibition Juried Exhibition at the Hopewell Valley Vineyard, December 2018.
-Art All Day Group Art Show, Artworks Trenton, October 2018.
-Mind Stroll Solo Show, Artworks Trenton, October 2018.
-TPRFM Out Of Step Group Show featuring dozens of underground artists, Artworks Trenton, September 2018, Golden Rebirth.
-Mind Stroll Solo Show, First Friday at Trenton Social : Journey of a Story Teller, June 2018.
-Eye Dive Groupe Art Show, at the Visual Stream Gallery, Lambertville NJ.
-Ellarslie Open 35 at the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion, Golden Rebirth, May 2018.
-People of Trenton juried Photography Show, Artworks Trenton, May 2018.
-Encased in a Story Group Show, Chashama Mattawan, May 2018.
-Visual Stream Gallery Collective Grand Opening Group Art Show, Lambertville NJ, April 2018 (with Shad Fest).
-The influence of Women group Show, BSB Gallery, February 2018.
-Chashama Matawan Residents Group Show, January 2018.
-Pop Up Art Show with my youth students at the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion, January 2018.
-Punk Rock and Politics Art Show, Asbury Park, December 2017.
-10x10 Red Dot Charity Event, Artworks Trenton, December 2017.
-Art All Day Group Show, Artworks Trenton, November 2017.
-Masquerade Group Show, The Hive, Chester NJ October 2017.
-Ellarslie Open 34, Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion, May 2017, The Resting Goddess won a Runner Up Prize in Mixed Media Category.
-TPRFM Rise Above Group Show featuring dozens of counterculture artists, Artworks Trenton, September 2017, I Am Roebling.
-Summer Threads Exhibition: Celebrating Women Artists at The Hopewell Valley Vineyards, July 2017.
-Culture, Art and Wine Group Show, Hopewell Valley Vineyards, April 2017.
-People's Choice Award at Open Studio YU Group Art Show at the Hopewell Valley Vineyards, March 2017.
-10x10 Red Dot Charity Event, Artworks Trenton, December 2016.
-Night On The Bayou, Monster's Ball 2016, Pulcinella Takes Off Her Mask, Won First Prize, Octobre 2016.
-Art All Day Group Show, Artworks Trenton, November 2016.
-Buddha, Private collector, New Jersey 2014, .
-Love Hope Diesel, Private Collector, Canada 2015.
-Ommi Aouicha North African Portrait, Australia 2022.
-Clean Slate: The Unforgotten and Clean Slate #2 two commissions from Passage Theatre Trenton for the Main Stage advertisement, 2022.
-Tolerance #2 : Private Collector, Illinois 2022
EYE DIVE GROUP ART SHOW
Eye Dive Groupe Art show at Visual Steam Gallery in Lambertville NJ, June 2018
MIX TAPE GROUP ART SHOW
Mix Tape Group Art Show is an invitational show featuring small woks of talented local artists of our area. all works were priced $300 or less at Visual Stream Gallery in Lambertville, August 2018
SYNOPSIS BY ABELARDO MONTANO
Synopsis by Abelardo Montano is an Art Show influenced by his Mexican Heritage and indigenous Art at The Visual Stream Gallery in Lambertville, September 2018
SPIRITED GROUP SHOW
Spirited is an invitational Group Art Show inspired by Halloween at the Visual Stream Gallery in Lambertville, October 2018
Winter SOULstice, Group Show Inspire by The Myths Mood and Soul of The Season at the Visual Stream Gallery in Lambertville,
POST APOCALYPTIC LANDSCAPES
Post Apocalyptic Landscapes a Group Show, Inspired by the tradition of the New Hope School of landscape painters at Visual Stream Gallery in Lambertville, February 2019
MIX TAPE 2 : GROUP ART SHOW
Mix Tape Group Art Show is an invitational show featuring small woks of talented local artists of our area. all works were priced $300 or less, April 2019
ASSOCIATE DEGREE, PRODUCT DESIGN ECOLE D'ART ET DE DECORATION ,TUNIS, TUNISIE
Furniture design project - Created modular interlocking couches that can be stored as a big cube and separated to create a mini leaving room set that can be easily transportable.
-Designed a housing unit with mobile walls to allow the users to customize their own spaces within the unit. The unit and walls are designed to be dismantled and packaged for easy transportation.
-Created scaled architectural module of residential homes.
Assisted with interior design of the Microsoft Office Headquarters in Tunis, Tunisia.
Assisted with planning and decorating for an event to honor the New Zeland National Rugby Team "The All Blacks" held at the Villa Didon Hotel in Carthage, Tunisia
Experience & Expertise