Born in Sousse, Tunisia, Nebiha
Ernez-Gribaa started life with a literary diploma as an English teacher.
She later left that profession to dedicate her time to her children and
her big passion: painting.
She had not studied the
Beaux-Arts but she officially entered the World of Art in 1971 as a
self-educated painter, with an exhibition at the cultural center of
Since then, Nebiha Gribaa never
ceased to excel in her work and her paintings enriched art galleries in
many places, such as Sousse, Tunis, Monastir and Hammamet in Tunisia, but
also abroad in Paris (1985, 1991, 1993, 1995), Luxembourg (1988), Dubai
(1996) and Marrakech (1995).
In contact with her palette,
prolific, never lacking inspiration, she takes in her figurative style to
a rainbow colored worlds, full of life, strength, love and hopefulness,
but also sometimes sad; and she narrates in her paints, what could not be
expressed in words.
Influenced by the impressionist
movement, Nebiha Gribaa has developed her own technique, with a touch of
brush coming from her soul.
Of her works emanates a perfume,
a foreign and melodious atmosphere, which revives memories to a past of
Arab chivalry, otherwise confined to history books. The eyes focused on
her galloping horses, the fruit of a vivacious imagination in quest for
She says she paints Tunisia...
But she expresses the entire Maghreb. The same unseizable silhouettes,
entrenched in a delicious sadness, nurtured by the hardships of a life
unknown to us, filled with an unexplained delight coming from the essence
of their souls, from Tunis to Tangiers via Algiers, everyone in the lap of
the old districts of their town.
With her magic brush, Nebiha
Gribaa manages to paint sadness in the tone of hope and wring of any
melancholy a reviving light.