With lush colors and thick, creamy strokes, gallerist Taymour Grahne says Nadia Ayari’s pieces remind him of layer cake—an apt analogy for both the painter’s technique and her practice as a whole. Raised in Tunisia and based in Brooklyn, the artist subtly engages with the political context of both places through a cast of characters, from curling leaves to plump figs. By using this universal natural imagery, Ayari invites viewers to see themselves in each character’s story, ultimately guiding you to find your own meaning in her work.
Artist on the rise
Collected by the Saatchi Collection, London
Reviewed by Vogue Arabia