01 Painting, Middle East Artists, OMAR EL-NAGDI’s Le Grand Marché, with Footnotes, #56
Painter, musician and director Omar El Nagdi was born in Cairo in 1931 and studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts, after which he continued his art education in Russia and Italy, graduating from the Academy of Venice in 1965. In the 1960s, he initiated a series of works for which he is still renowned today — based on singular forms of calligraphy, predominantly in the repetition of the Arabic numeral for one and the first letter of the Arabic alphabet.
“When I work, I like to work with no limits, that is why I like large format painting,” he says. “It satisfies me and gives the chance to paint a subject with all its elements and details.”
El Nagdi is the recipient of sixteen Egyptian and international art awards, and his paintings have been acquired by museums and renowned institutions throughout the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in Cairo, the Museum of Modern Art in Venice, the Museum of Fine Art in Alexandria, the Museum of Modern Art in South Korea, the National Library in Paris, the Congress Library in the USA, the Museum of Pistoia in Italy, the Rasking Foundation in England, the Centre of Aesthetics Research in Italy, and the Museum of the White House in the USA.
A multi-disciplinary artist, he works in oil painting, watercolour, sculpture, etching, and mosaic, and has had his artwork exhibited alongside those of international greats such as Dali, Monet and Picasso. A renowned name on the international art scene. More on Omar El Nagdi
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