Abdelaziz Gorgi

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Abdelaziz Gorgi
Born June 2, 1928
Tunis
Died January 10, 2008 (age 79)
Tunis
Nationality Tunisian

Abdelaziz Gorgi (عبد العزيز القرجي) (born 2 June 1928—died 10 January 2008) was a Tunisian artist. He was one of the founders of the Tunis School of painting and one of the most prominent members of Tunisia's cultural scene.

Biography

Gorgi was born in the Tunisian medina in 1928 and studied at the Tunis Institute of Fine Arts before beginning an artistic career in France.[1] He helped create the Tunis School of painting which he led until 1983.[1] He established his own art gallery, the Gorgi Gallery, in 1973 which mainly shows works of new Tunisian artists.[1] His paintings and tapestries have been featured in exhibitions across the world.[1] Gorgi taught drawing, ceramics and painting at the Institute of Fine Arts from 1959 to 1983.[2][3]

An example of Gorgi's artwork

Gorgi was honored by President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on several occasions. Once, Ali gave him the Grand Ribbon of National Merit for culture in 1999, as well as the President's Prize for innovation and creation on November 7, 2000.[1] Besides these awards granted by the president, he received the Award of Merit in the field of visual arts in 1990.[2]

Gorgi died on January 10, 2008 in Tunis, aged 79.[1] He was buried at the cemetery of Sidi Bou Said the next day.[3]

Bibliography

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Tunisia: Artist Painter Abdelaziz Gorgi Passes Away At 80". Tunisia Online. AllAfrica.com. 2008-01-11. Retrieved 2008-05-19. 
  2. ^ a b "Décès du grand artiste-peintre tunisien Abdelaziz Gorgi". Tunis Afrique Presse (in French). 2008-01-10. Retrieved 2008-05-20. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b "Une figure de proue de la culture tunisienne nous quitte". La Presse de Tunisie (in French). 2008-01-12. Retrieved 2008-05-20. 
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