Visual Artist

 Born in1962, Bizerte, Tunisia.

Born in 1962 in Bizerte (Tunisia), Halim Karabibene came to recognition in the 1990s due to his unusually sarcastic yet masterfully executed collages and oneiric paintings. Throughout his career, Karabibene has formally explored an alternative universe, one that is hybrid and playfully “staged” with a whole range of mythical neo pop characters.

Since 2007, Karabibene has been pursuing a multidisciplinary performance in which he has been encouraging public authorities to inaugurate Tunisia’s first National Museum of Modern and contemporary Art (MNAMC). With a pressure cooker as symbol and form of the future Museum, Karabibene uses social networks, events and exhibitions to effectively launch this pseudo fictional museum until it sees the light. Between 1982 and 1993, Karabibene has studied architecture and attended the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. From 1999 to 2001, he lived at the Cité Internationale des Arts of Paris.

Represented by Elmarsa gallery, Halim’s work has been widely exhibited in private institutions and museums around the world, including at the ifa gallery Berlin and Stuttgart, Barjeel Foundation in Sharjah, Museo Vittoriano in Rome, Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, MAMA Algiers, Museo Pontevedra Spain etc.

Karabibene lives and works between Bizerte and Berlin.



2015     « Cocotteries & Co » Galerie El Marsa- La Marsa Tunisie
2005     « Oniriades », Galerie El Marsa, Tunisie
2002     « Rétrospective », Galerie Regard-Sud, Lyon, France
2001     Galerie l’œil du Huit, Paris, France
2001     Galerie Les Cahiers de la Peinture, Paris, France
2000     Galerie de la Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
1999     « Nuit », Galerie El Marsa, Tunis, Tunisie
1997     « Ville, Atelier, Nuit », Galerie Air-Libre, El Teatro, Tunis, Tunisie

ART FAIRS Represented by Gallery El Marsa

2012       Abu Dhabi Art , UAE
2011     Cutlog / Paris
Marrakech Art Fair Edition 2
ArtDubai 11, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE
Abu Dhabi Art, UAE
2010     Zoom Contemporary Art Fair, Middle East and its Diaspora. Miami – USA
Abu Dhabi Art, UAE
Marrakech Art Fair Edition 1
ArtDubai 10, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE
2009     ArtDubai 09, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE
2008     ArtParis-AbuDhabi 08, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, UAE
2008     Art Paris 08, Grand Palais, Paris
2007     ArtParis-AbuDhabi 07, UAE
2007     Gulf Art Fair, Dubai, UAE


 2011   Biennale Africaine de la Photographie – Bamako 9ème Edition – Mali
2008   XXX ème Biennale de Pontevedra ; Musée de Pontevedra – Espagne
Installation Multimédias « Bienvenue, Welcome, Bienvenido »

1997 and 2010   Biennale Méditerranéenne des Arts de la Ville de Tunis


2016   THE TURN March 18 to Mai 14, 2016 at KUNSTRAUM NIEDEROESTERREICH, Wien              (zukunftige Austellungen)
2014 – 2016   -Projektraum Ventilator 24 – Berlin
2013   -FIAC Alger – Musée d’Art Moderne Alger MAMA
Museum of Manufactured Response to Absence, MinRASY PROJECTS.
2012   -Rosige Zukunft. Aktuelle Kunst aus Tunesien – ifa Gallery – Berlin / Stuttgart.
– « Dégagements…la Tunisie une année après » Institut du Monde Arabe – IMA Paris

-« CARAVANE » Barjeel Art Fondation / Maraya Art Center UAE
2011   -Galerie Les Singuliers – Paris
– Art Tunis/Paris Musée du Montparnasse – Paris
-9ème Printemps des Arts de la Marsa- Invité d’Honneur

2009   -BIAT Bank Expo – Tunis
-Printemps Des Arts de la Marsa. Palais el Ebdellia. La Marsa
2007   « L’uomo del Mediterraneo », Museo Vittoriano, Rome


2002-2003 – Centre des Arts Vivants de Radés – Tunisia
1999-2000 – Cité Internationale des Arts de Paris – France


2000     National prize of artistic creation, Tunisian Ministry of Culture
2002     Prize of Tunisian Ministry of Environment
1995     “Faucon d’Or” International and national price for short film “Images 1”, FIFAK, Tunisia