Nja Mahdaoui

Sab’h 2

ink, gold and silver on linen canvas

diameter 187 cm



Graphemes on Arches

ink on arches vellum paper

153 x 103 cm



Traces en Soie

one-off aubusson low-warp tapestry in silk wool and gold threads

200 x 200 cm




mixed media on linen canvas

200 x 100 cm



Mahdia 1

discharge-dyed denim

140 x 140 cm





Born in Tunisia in 1937, Nja Mahdaoui considers himself “an explorer of signs” and has been described as a “choreographer of letters.” He studied at the Academia Santa Andrea in Rome and at the École du Louvre in Paris. He continued his studies at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris with a grant from the Tunisian Government.


Interview with NJA MAHDAOUI:

Your childhood ambition:

Sentir et surtout désirer que la fête en société et la joie familiale demeurent à jamais.

To feel, and above all to desire, that the celebration in society and the joy of family last forever.

Something you treasure:

La présence des parents.

The presence of parents.

Your worst habit:

Très jeune à découvrir l’enchantement de l’univers en feuilletant le dictionnaire Larousse… et plus tard en pratiquant mon art sans relâche.

To discover, at a very young age, the magic of the universe by reading the Larousse dictionary … and later to practice my art relentlessly.

The aspect of your work that’s most important to you:

Lorsque j’appréhende l’harmonie de la justesse esthétique dans l’œuvre que je realise.

When I capture the harmony of aesthetic accuracy in the work I create.

Your first job:

Saisonnier dans une banque.

Seasonal worker in a bank.

Someone whose work you highly recommend:

Francis Bacon



See more of Nja Mahdaoui’s work here.