Jaber El Mahjoub

Born in 1938 - Tunisia


biography under completion

Jaber EL MAJOUB was born in 1938 in a family of shepherds of M'Saken (suburb of Sousse) in Tunisia. At the age of 6 he lost his mother and was practically raised by his sister. He could not attend school because he had to keep the animals to feed his family. So he never learned to read and write.
In 1958 he took the direction of Marseille and worked there as a baker before going up to Paris two years later. The little children of the baker in the Rue des Blanc-Manteaux still remember him, for the grandfather carefully preserved some pieces of Jaber. Indeed as soon as he had a break, he drew on the floor with charcoal and cooked bread dough in the form of bird, fish or flower.
In the afternoon, he sold his gouaches and amused the public on St Michel's square. He was also interested in boxing and carried out 17 fights. His talents as singer-songwriter have opened the doors of the Petit Conservatoire of Mireille. He recorded two singles at Pathé-Marconi.
A few years later, he was discovered by a rich American who took him to America.
She had rightly discovered that he had the build to become an international artist. They married quickly and Jaber received a gallery of the best placed in San Francisco. After a few months, the gallery had become the meeting place of all the flower-power enthusiasts, and commerce hardly cared. He preferred to offer his work. In 1971, he was awarded the first painting prize among 800 candidates at the Plainfield Art Festival.
He became famous, but his marriage was a failure.

Back in Paris he exhibited in 1977 at the American Center of Artists, which revived his career in Paris. His friends and collectors made him participate or organized for him many prestigious exhibitions. He entered many private and public collections around the world and appears in all the Museums devoted to Art Brut or Outsider. As for many artists, its period of glory experienced its decline with the crisis of the late 1990s. The galleries that defended it disappeared.
Instead of lamenting, he took his fate in hand again selling his gouaches this time in the Beaubourg district, new high place of contemporary art.

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1971 Plainfield Festival of art (USA)
1977 American Center for students and Artists, Paris
1978 Foire Internationale d'Art, Paris
1978 Procope, Paris
1978 Salon d'hiver, Paris
1979 Nouveau Salon de Paris
1980 Salon d'Hiver, Paris
1983 L'Aracine, Neuilly sur Marne
1983 Galerie Alif Ba, Casablanca, Maroc
1984 Galerie L'Oeil de Buf, Paris
1985 Autour de Chaissac, Eymoutiers
1986 Les Indomptés de l'Art, Besancon
1986 Galerie Es Llimoner, Ibiza, Espagne
1986 Seguda Bienal de la Habana, Cuba
1987 L'Art Brut, Blanc Mesnil
1987 Les Elephants sont parmi nous, Musée de Dieppe
1988 Galerie Jacques Karamanoukian, Detroit, USA
1988 Singuliers, bruts, naïfs? Musée d'art Moderne de la ville de Paris
1990 Galerie Michèle Sadoun, Paris
1990 Galerie Marc Espinosa, Paris
1993 Galerie Scavongelli, Rome et Paris
1994 Galerie Michel Ray, Paris
1995 Galerie El Haouaini, Le Caire, Egypte
1996 Les Jardiniers de l'Art Bègles
1997 Galerie Saslow, Chicago, USA
1997 Halle St Pierre, Paris
1998 Galerie du Hof, Butgenbach, Belgique
1999 Stadshof, Zwolle, Pays-Bas
2000 Outsider Art Fair New-York, USA
2001 Galerie Marina Monsatir, Tunisie
2001 Palais de Justice, Monastir, Tunisie
2003 Galerie Margret , Santa Fe, USA
2004 Conseil Général Seine et Marne, Torcy, France
2005 Conseil Général Auvergne, Rodez, France
2005 Ville de St Petersbourg, Russie
2006 Pavillon Diane, Paris 4

Est présent dans les Collections spécialisées publiques à Amsterdam, Bègles, Boston, Bruxelles, Berlin, Chicago, Dicy, Gand, La Gaude, Lagrasse, Lausanne, Monastir, Neuilly sur Marne, Oslo, Paris, Saint-Petersbourg, Villeneuve d'Asque, Zwolle,

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