Gabi Jimenez is a French/spanish painter and artist ... and gypsy. Citizen committed to the memory of the tragedy of the Gypsies in France during and after the Second World War, his paintings are exhibited throughout France and Europe.
In 2007, he represented France at the first Roma pavilion at the Venice Biennale Internationale d'Art Contemporain, a landmark event and a turning point in the perception of contemporary art of the Gypsy community. There are numerous collective and solo exhibitions in which the artist represents the Roma and Travelers community, activating through these works so that French and Europeans can open their eyes to a situation that worsens year after year, Discrimination in expulsions.
In 2013, following his personal exhibition at the DIHAL - Interministerial Delegation for Housing and Access to Housing - in Paris, the French State bought him two canvases representing "Le Grand Paris". Then in 2014, Gabi Jimenez is nominated by the Ministry of Culture of Spain and receives the prize "Painting and Visual Arts" for all his work militant and committed. In the same year, the President of the European Court of Human Rights acquires one of his works, now on display in the judges' room.
In 2016, the work "Caravan under two cypresses", already noticed at the Venice Biennale in 2007, is exhibited in San Sebastian (Spain), European Capital of Art, during the exhibition "Tratado de Paz" On the representation of peace, and among more than 300 works by artists such as Goya, Rubens, Murillo, Picasso, Ribera, Sophie Ristelhueber ...

Gabi Jimenez's paintings are painted in bright, singing colors, drawings with traces surrounded by black, stylizing the culture of Travelers and never reducing it to simple clichés. Behind the swarms of detail and delight at first glance, however, lies a completely different truth: that of a shameful story of discrimination, violence, hatred, and expulsion. A history still current since the aftermath of the Second World War.

 
Main exhibitions and events: FNASAT, Paris / 2007 • Biennale d’art contemporain de Venise 2007 • « Mémoire de Gitan », Cergy / 2010 • La Villette/ La Grande Halle, Paris / 2011 • « Vous avez dit Roms ? », Bruxelles /  • «Voleur de Poules», Galerie Taoki /Marines / 2011 • Balkan Trafik/Roma Touch, Bruxelles • « Stopping Place I &III » Galerie Kai Dikhas, Berlin (Allemagne) • « Une Mémoire Française », Paris /2010 • « Gitans Vos Papiers!», Lyon/Cergy/Eragny • Festival des Arts Singuliers, Banne • Premier Congrès International d’art Romani, Caceres (Espagne) / 2011  • Latcho Dives Gadjé, Pau / 2011 • Roma in der kunst, Cologne (Allemagne) • « Romale ! », Galerie Akademie, Graz (Autriche) /  • Berlin «Safe European Home? » • « Have a look into my life », Strasbourg : 2014 • « Prix de Peinture et Arts Plastiques  » Ministère de la culture Espagnole-2014 » Madrid (Espagne)/ 2014 • Cours Européenne des Droits de l’Homme/Strasbourg : 2014 •  « Mais où sont passés les gitans ? », Délégation Interministérielle/Premier Ministre, Paris / 2014 • « En passant par la Bohème » document vidéo/Grand Palais/Paris / 2013 •  France 2 «  Grand Public » / 2013 • Représentation Permanente auprès du Conseil de l’Europe/Strasbourg/France / 2014 • «Mairie de Paris/Journée internationale des Tsiganes / 2015 •  Girone/Perpignan « Porque somos Gitanos » avec La Casa Musical/Setmana de la Rumba Catalana 2015 •  « Welcome en Gitanie », Cergy / 2016 • « Tratado de Paz », San Sebastian/Espagne / 2016 •  « Akathé te beshen/J’y suis, j’y reste ! », Berlin, Kleinsassen, Paris, Madrid / 2016 •  « Dans le regard de l’autre » Cergy / 2016 • « Montmagny, terre des arts » Montmagny-Paris -Prix du jeune public / 2017 • « Les Affamés du Cabaret » Cergy / 2017 • « KHAMORO2017 World Roma Festival » Prague / exposition collective / 2017 •
 
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