Omar el Nagdi


“My artistic character developed between the Bab Al She’reya neighbourhood and rural Egypt. The influences of the popular area’s noise and the quietness of the rural environment were complete opposites. This affected my artistic personality by making me unable to commit to a certain artistic style.”

Multi-faceted Omar el Nagdi was born in 1931. With 16 local and international prizes and the French Parliament’s medal under his belt, El Nagdi has recently broken his world record, selling his 15m Sarajevo painting for over one million USD at Christie’s Dubai in March 2016. He is considered to be one of the most celebrated contemporary Egyptian artists; he is a multifaceted master of calligraphy, expressionism, abstract art, and philosophy. His paintings touch on the surrealist, the serene and the sensory.