Nadia Ayari



Nadia Ayari (B. 1981) is an artist living and working in NY. Her paintings and sculptures are included in MOMA PS1’s Greater New York show 2021. Nadia's latest physical solo show with Taymour Grahne Projects opened in September 2021. 


Nadia has had solo projects at Luce (Turin, 2009); Monya Rowe (New York, 2011); The Third Line (Dubai, 2013); Taymour Grahne Gallery (New York, 2016), Taymour Grahne Gallery booth at Untitled Miami Beach (2016); Taymour Grahne (London, 2019); Taymour Grahne booth at Art Genève (2020). She participated in the 12th International Cairo Biennale (2010) and the 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale (2011); and her work has been exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery (London); Maraya Art Center (Sharjah); Institut Du Monde Arabe (Paris); American University Museum (Washington DC); and Abrons Art Center (NY). Nadia’s works are part of the MACAAL Collection.


Straddling abstraction and figuration, Nadia Ayari’s work often negotiates the personal and the political. "With a set of stylized protagonists borrowed from the flora of my native North Africa, the compositions often negotiate my personal and political views. In my new body of work, I have introduced a composite of two of my paintings’ former characters: the flower and the eye. Though I remain uncertain what this pink form means in its fresh incarnation, I sense that these oil-on-linen compositions are reaching for a new paradigm.


Developed in tandem with my paintings, my sculptural practice allows me to further explore my work’s conceptual narratives. Fortunately, this exploration yields works that serve as deliberate sites of reflection to the paintings’ events- physical anchors that communicate my aesthetic perspective."






Artnet, 2021

Timeout, 2021

Artnet, 2021

Vanity Fair, 2021

Artsy, 2021

Artnet, 2021

Art of Choice, 2021

Hypebeast, 2021

ARTnews, 2021

White Hot Magazine, 2020

Bad at Sports, 2018

Damn Magazine, 2017

Purple, 2016

Vogue Arabia, 2016

Artsy, 2016

Artsy, 2016

New American Paintings, 2016

Artforum, 2015

Ahram, 2014

Kalimat Magazine, 2014

Alarabiya, 2014

Ibraaz, 2013