Jaber El Mahjoub

Born in 1938 - Tunisia


Jaber El Mahjoub was born in 1938 in a family of shepherds in M’Saken, Tunisia. His childhood was perilous as his mother passed away when he was only six. His sister brought him up without any financial support, for him to go to school and the possibility to learn to read and write. Early 1958, he decided to move to Marseilles and become a baker. Two years later, he headed for Paris. Gifted with his hands and his voice, he created sculptures and simultaneously composed, wrote and played songs, and recorded 45 rpm at Pathe Marconi. A wealthy American woman was surprised by his work, she took him to USA, married him and thrust his career forward, he became famous worldwide.

Between intervals, he composes 3D works in paper mache, which are unique, intriguing and bewitching, with a lot of care, passion and rigor. A true demiurge, he transposes his clay in charcoal in the form of a bird, fish or a flower. His baker profession helps him in this artistic process: firstly he uses his hands to give body to the form and the bakes the dough. He adds colors to his artistic creations which is aesthetically pleasing.

Jaber El Mahjoub has exhibited his work in one of the most famous galleries of San Francisco. The artist federated all the "flower power" art lovers. He came back to Paris and exhibited at the American Center of Artists in 1977. He has participated in several prestigious exhibitions with friends and collectors. His work has been bought by several museums dedicated to raw or outsider art. A shadowy figure in the limelight, his popularity in the art market has increased. Among 800 candidates at the Plainfield Art Festival, the artist won the first prize in painting.

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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

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