Straddling abstraction and figuration, Nadia Ayari uses a set of stylised protagonists borrowed from the flora of her native North Africa to negotiate personal and political views. The paint reveals a varied surface reflecting the repetitive movement of the brush. This effect produces a viscosity and thickness to the painting that creates texture and image.
In 2021, Ayari’s works were included in MoMA PS1’s Greater New York show. She participated in the 12th International Cairo Biennale and the 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale. Her work has been exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery, London; Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah; Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris; and elsewhere. Her works are part of the MACAAL collection.