Karima Ben Otman

The artist Karima Ben Otman has been fortunate to have experienced a wide diversity of cultures throughout her life, born in London to Libyan-Jordanian parents, she moved at the age of 9 to Jordan and has since continued to live in various countries around the world, from Italy where she studied Fine Arts, to Cyprus where she is currently residing and practicing as a professional artist. Karima’s art is fueled by rich experiences, influenced from her Arabian origin mix with her western art education.

The concepts surrounding Karima's Art are the fundamental aspects of life, however, much more than just being a representation of life, Karima's Artwork itself is alive with the vibrancy, beauty and mysteries of life. Her paintings make references to typical situations and human characteristics that are branded with her own personality. 

As she is vibrant so is her art, bursting at the seams with color, lines and depth. Most prominent is her ongoing series of "Fish Paintings", which began whilst she was studying art in Florence in 1992.  These paintings consist of hundreds of tiny fish ‘characters' each individual and executed with pain staking detail, together they form a pattern of eyes staring out at you, representing human characteristics and emotions.

Much of Karima's work inhabits a surrealistic quality, where her unusual painted figures appear to have been born from her playful imagination. Karima uses a form of controlled expression in her paintings, where her characters appear to have been executed with care, detail and much thought. Karima's paintings are intelligently expressive, allowing room for the spectator to interpret them in more ways than one. As a professional artist she has developed her own unique style creating a highly distinguished body of artwork.


1993 The Rex Gallery, "Harmony and the Mood" Florence.
1993 Academy of Fine Arts, Annual students exhibition, Florence.
1994 Bologna Art Fair, "End and Over" Bologna.
1994 Glashaus Gallery, "Effetto Serra" Burgkirchen, Germany.
1997 Spazio New Age, "Colour Paradise" Milan, Italy.
1997 Brera, Annual students exhibition, Milan, Italy.
2002 Contemporary Arab artist - Zara Gallery, Amman, Jordan.
2002-2003 Breaking the veils: women artist for Islamic world - Benaki, Museum, Athens,Greece. 
2004 Made in Clerkenwell Summer 2004, London, UK.
2006 Ayia Napa Art Festival, Ayia Napa, Cyprus.
2007 Ayia Napa Art Festival, Ayia Napa, Cyprus.
2007 The International Florence Biennale, Florence, Italy.
2008 Toufexis Gallery, Nicosia, Cyprus.
2008 Hero Square Group Exhibition, Limassol, Cyprus.
2008 Ayia Napa Art Festival, Ayia Napa, Cyprus.
2009 Orosimo Gallery, Nicosia, Cyprus.
2009 Ayia Napa Art Festival, Ayia Napa, Cyprus.
2010 Ayia Napa Art Festival, Ayia Napa, Cyprus.
2010 Open Studios, Limassol, Cyprus.

1993 Cabiria Cafe', "Faces and Masks" Florence, Italy.
1996 Artist Studio, "Reflections from the past" Limassol, Cyprus.
1997 Spazio New Age, "Me, myself and I" Milan, Italy.
1999 Artist Studio, "Images" Amman, Jordan.
2000 Dar Alanda Gallery," The Face" Amman, Jordan.
2000 Bluefig Cafe', "Solo" Amman, Jordan.
2004 The Evolution of life - 195 kings, Road, London, UK
2004 Retrospective - shell headquarters, London, UK 
2006 George's Gallery, Limassol, Cyprus.
2007 Permanent exhibit at Psema, Art Boutique. Nicosia, Cyprus.
2008  Dino's Art Cafe' Limassol, Cyprus.
2011 Karima Ben Otman at Zara Gallery, Amman, Jordan.