Brooklyn-based artist Nadia Ayari’s (b. 1981) work insists on being free while binding itself to narrative forms. Built of abstract characters, her oil paintings depict a world made up of silent events. Heavily impastoed leaves, branches and red liquid connect the green and blue backgrounds of her canvases. As the compositions vary, their consistent rendering allows their forms subtle transgressions. 

 

Her sculptures present a static collision. Fresco mixtures are smoothed onto rough stone and mortar. Containing compositions reminiscent of her paintings, these blocks become remains of prior alien events and sites from which to view her canvases.

 

Ayari has had solo projects at Luce, Turin (2009), Monya Rowe, New York (2011), The Third Line, Dubai (2013), Taymour Grahne, New York (2016), Untitled, Miami Beach (2016) and has participated in the 12th International Cairo Biennale (2010), the 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale (2011) and Art Dubai Projects (2014). 

 

Her work has also been exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery, London; Monica DeCardenas, Zuoz; Maraya Art Center, Sharjah; Institut Du Monde Arabe, Paris; Gallery Diet, Miami; DC Moore, New York; American University Museum, Washington DC; Samson Projects, Boston; Abrons Art Center, New York; and Produce Model Gallery, Chicago. 

 

Ayari earned her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (2007) and has been a resident at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Drawing (2006), the Fine Arts Work Center (2010) and AiR Dubai (2014).