Nasser Al Aswadi

Nasser Al Aswadi was born in October 4th, 1978 at al Hujr village, not far from Taiz, the third city of Yemen. He lived in his village until he turned 16 years old. Later on, he studied architecture in Taiz and then in Sanaa. He exhibited his first works in Sanaa in 2001. Since 2008, Nasser has been moving between Yemen and France.


For Nasser Al Aswadi, calligraphy is a way to express feelings and thoughts without them being specifically linked to the language. He uses Arabic letters, words and forms as well as religious and musical sources. The wide variety of meanings and styles nourish the artist’s creativity.

Nasser’s work is inspired by the events of the Arab Spring, daily realities, rural landscapes, architecture, and public crowds on the streets. As he was always keen to translate this experience into artistic creations, in each piece of work, Nasser picks a writing style that lends the best sense and passion to that particular work. Letters and words are not drawn on a straight line or horizontally, but painted and stacked separately and are identical to each other, tangled and lost in the imaginary space of the painting.

The purpose of using interlocking letters is to offer an artistic style of his own. Nasser has exhausted all the different styles of Arabic writing to create a world in which his work is abstract and is obviously inspired by everyday events and concomitantly makes use of the energy and light of the words he selects. Writing is the core of his work and it strays from the normal usage of those terms to enable others to enter into a world of sign and visual language.

Solo shows

2018

  • ESPOIR, Dar Al Founoun Gallery, Koweit.

2017

  • Horizons ouverts, Artspace, Dubai.

2016

  • « MESSAGES » Aramco House, Djeddah.
  • Pro’art Gallery, Dubai.

2015

  • Dar Al Founoun Gallery, Koweit.

2014

  • Jamm Art Gallery, Dubai.
  • French Cultural Center of Sanaa, Yemen.

2012

  • Patrick Bartoli Gallery, Marseille, France.

2011

  • Espace culturel « La Citerne », Les Baux de Provence, France.

2010

  • Palais Zappeion, Athens, Greece.
  • French Cultural Center of Sanaa With Yemeni Poet Al Maqaleh, Yemen.

2008

  • « Mélodies de couleurs », French Cultural Center Henry de Monfreid, Sanaa.

2006

  • German House For Cooperation And Culture, Sanaa,Yemen.
  • House Of International Relations, Montpellier, France.

2005

  • Embassy Of Yemen In Paris During "The Foreign Cultural Week", France.

2004

  • French Cultural Center Henry de Monfreid, Sanaa, Yemen.

Group shows

2022

  • Art Paris Art Fair, represented by Galerie Véronique Rieffel Paris, France.

2020

  • Artists tribute to Notre Dame, Insitut du Monde arabe, Paris, France.

2019

  • Ramart Turkish and Islamic museum, Istanbul, Turkey.

2018

  • Infinite Present-Cambridge Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
  • (Donation Claude & France Lemand), Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France.

2017

  • 30th Anniversary of the Institut du Monde arabe, Paris, France.

2015

  • Clairefontaine Art Gallery – Luxembourg.

2014

  • British Council Workshop – Cairo
  • International Festival Of Contemporary Art Alpilles Provence "A-Part", France.

2013

  • Workshop Of British Council –Mascat
  • Exhibition And Auction, Bonhams,-London, UK.
  • Exhibition And Auction For "Syriart", Institut du Monde arabe, Paris, France.
  • 2012
  • Gallery Patrick Bartoli, Marseille, France.
  • "Traits D’Union - Paris Et L’Art Contemporain Arabe" - Sanaa National Museum, Yemen.

2011

  • International Festival Of Alpilles Provence Contemporary Art, France.

2009

  • Workshop At French Cultural Center And Exhibition At National Museum With Artist Alfons Alt, Sanaa, Yemen.

2008

  • German House For Cooperation And Culture, Sanaa, Yemen.
  • German House For Cooperation And Culture, Sanaa, Yemen.
  • "Bab Al Mandab From The Other Side" Workshop And Exhibition At French Cultural Center, Sanaa, Yemen.

2004 :

  • Embassy Of The USA, Sanaa, Yemen.

2003

  • German House For Culture And Cooperation, Sanaa, Yemen.
  • "Bab Al-Yemen" Workshop And Exhibition In Coordination With French And German Artists, Sanaa, Yemen.
  • French Cultural Center, Sanaa, Yemen.

Nasser Al-Aswadi, Untitled, 100 x 100 x 100 cm, sculpture, 2019

Nasser Al Aswadi, Love, 280 x 280 cm, oil and pigments on canvas, 2020

Nasser Al Aswadi, Untitled, 76 x 57 cm, ink on paper, 2020

Nasser Al Aswadi, Untitled, 76 x 57 cm, ink on paper, 2020

Nasser Al Aswadi, Untitled, 76 x 57 cm, ink on paper, 2020

Fairs & exhibitions

Art Paris Art Fair 2022

7 - 10 april 2022, Grand Palais Ephémère (Plateau Joffre, 75007 Paris)


With Najia Mehadji and Clay Apenouvon.

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