Omar El Nagdi (1931-2019) was an Egyptian artist with an exceptional gift for both symbolic design and the splendid use of colour. Through his expressive textures and symbolic elements, he translated Egyptian life into timeless symbolism that goes beyond mere decoration to discover a mixture of humanist and mystic sensibilities.
Born in Cairo in 1931, El Nagdi studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts. He participated in many exhibitions and Biennales in Egypt, Europe, and Russia. He is the recipient of several art prizes, and his paintings have been acquired by museums and renowned institutions throughout the world. Specifically, El Nagdi’s art is exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in Cairo, the Museum of Modern Art in Venice, the Museum of Fine Art in Alexandria, the Museum of Modern Art in South Korea, the National Library in Paris, the Congress Library in the USA, the Museum of Pistoia in Italy, the Raskin Foundation in England, the Centre of Aesthetics Research in Italy, and the Museum of the White House in the USA.