Nasser Al Aswadi Yemeni, b. 1978

B. 1978

For Nasser Al Aswadi, calligraphy is a way to express feelings and thoughts beyond the realm of written language. He breathes new meaning into Arabic lettering, words and forms, as well as spiritual and musical sources, melding them with myriad influences from journeys to rural landscapes, architecture, and chaotic public streets. From these influences, Al Aswadi then creates both two-dimensional canvases and sculptural works. Letters and words are not drawn out in their typical sequence, laid out upon a straight line, instead, they are artfully painted and stacked separately, tangled and lost in an imaginary space. Al Aswadi's interlocking letters form a new visual language, the artist has exhausted the traditional styles of Arabic writing to create a new world in which his work touches the edges of abstraction.


Al Aswadi studied architecture in Taiz and Sanaa. He held his first exhibition in Sanaa in 2001 and has since shown his work extensively in Europe and the Middle East, with solo exhibitions including at the French Cultural Center, Sanaa (2004–2014); the Embassy of Yemen, Paris, France (2005); the House Of International Relations, Montpellier, France (2006), Palace Zappeion, Athens, Greece (2010); Dar Al Fonon Art Gallery, Kuwait (2015) and Tabari Artspace, Dubai (2017).

Al Aswadi has also exhibited at Gallery Patrick Bartoli, Marseille, France (2012) Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris (2013) and Clairefontaine Art Gallery, Luxembourg (2015). His work is included in publications by Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris and Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah.



2018, Hope, Dar Al Fonon Art Gallery, Kuwait 

2017, Open Horizons, Tabari Artspace, Dubai

2016, "Messages" Aramco House Old Town, Jeddah 

2016, Pro Art Gallery, Dubai 

2015, Dar Al Fonon Art Gallery, Kuwait 

2014, Jamm Art Gallery, Dubai

2014, French Cultural Center, Sanaa 

2012, Gallery Patrick Bartoli, Marseille 

2011, La Citerne, Les Baux De Provence 

2010, Palace Zappeion, Athenes 

2010, French Cultural Center Sanaa with Yemeni Poet Al-Maqaleh 

2008, French Cultural Center, Sanaa 

2006, House of International Relations, Montpellier

2006, German House for Cooperation And Culture, Sanaa 

2005, Embassy of Yemen In Paris During The Foreign Cultural Week, Paris 

2004, French Cultural Center Henry De Monfred, Sanaa



2014, Ramart Istanbul, Islamic And Turkish Art Museum, Istanbul

2018, Infinite Present, Cambridge Galley, Boston Massachusetts 

2018, Donation Claude & France Lemand, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris

2017, 30th Anniversary of The Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris

5th Anniversary of The Museum's reopening with New Hanging 

2015, Clairefontaine Art Gallery, Luxembourg

2014, British Council Workshop, Cairo

2014, International Festival of Contemporary Art Alpilles Provence "A-Part"

2013, Workshop of British Council, Mascat

2013, Exhibition & Auction, Bonhams, London

2013, Exhibition & Auction For "Syriart" Arab World Institute, Paris

2012, Gallery Patrick Bartoli, Marseille

2012, "Traits D’union, Paris Et L’art Contemporain Arabe",  Sanaa National Museum, Sanaa

2011, International Festival of Alpilles Provence Contemporary Art.

2009, Workshop at French Cultural Center And Exhibition at National Museum with Artist Alfons Alt, Sanaa

2008, German House for Cooperation & Culture, Sanaa

2008, "Bab Al Mandab from The Other Side" Workshop & Exhibition at French Cultural Center, Sanaa

2004, Embassy of The USA, Sanaa

2003, German House for Culture & Cooperation, Sanaa

2003, "Bab Al-Yemen" Workshop & Exhibition in coordination with French & German Artists, Sanaa

2003, French Cultural Center, Sanaa

2001, French NGO DIA, Sanaa



2020, Arab News, Paris art collector holds charity auction for the Institut du Monde Arabe

N/D, Contemporary Practices, Interview With Nasser Al Aswadi