10 January 2008

Tunisia: Artist Painter Abdelaziz Gorgi Passes Away At 80

Tunis — The Tunisian cultural scene has just lost one of its most eminent artists, Abdelaziz Gorgi, who passed away in Tunis at the age of 80, after an eventful life devoted to artistic creation.

The great artist was one of the founders of the 'Tunis School of painting', as well as one of the most prominent artistic figures in Tunisia.

Adelaziz Gorgi was honored on several occasions by President Ben Ali who handed 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.

The Tunisian artist was born in Tunis in 1928 and studied at the Tunis Institute of Fine Arts before pursuing an artistic career in France.

Since his return to Tunisia, he took an active part in the creation of the 'Tunis School of painting' which he led till 1983.

In 1973 he set up his own art gallery, named the 'Gorgi Gallery' in Tunis. Since then, the gallery has also opened its doors to emerging artistic talents on the Tunisian scene.

He also exhibited his paintings and tapestries in Tunisia and throughout the world, earning local and international recognition for his original, home-grown artistic vein.

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