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is known by critics as a choreographer of letters, and describes himself as an explorer of signs. Celebrated for his innovative practice, Mahdaoui composes vibrant pieces through the energetic layout of calligraphy and texts that he draws from legendary and sacred myths, tales, and manuscripts. He is most recognised for his ink works on parchment although he also works in wood, aluminum, brass, papyrus, and melamine. After studying at the Atelier Libre in Carthage, Mahdaoui graduated with a degree in graphic design from Accademia Santa Andréa di Roma. The Tunisian government then awarded him a scholarship to continue his training in Paris at Cité Internationale des Arts. Mahdaoui is a member of the generation in the Arab world who studied abroad, yet sought inspiration in the region. During the early 1970s he began exploring the word in his practice under the influence of prominent Iranian artist Hossein Zenderoudi.