Nadia Mahfuz


In my work, I explore and exploit the key elements of Classical Realism - form, edges, light and color in both natural and fabricated objects. My formal training focused on subject matter considered naturally beautiful - a floral, a nude, a seascape, or a portrait. But as I matured as an artist, I realized that capturing light, and more importantly, beauty itself can be elusive. In my search I discovered the Japanese concept of Wabi-Sabi - finding beauty in things imperfect, an imperfection that is not always attached to a physical trait. I began to explore space and light with objects that most would not consider beautiful unto themselves - yet a quiet beauty exists.


Realism will always be my connection to my craft, but it is still a unexplored path for me. 

I was born and lived in the Boston Area for most of my life. Ten years ago I set out to find a space that I could live and work. I found 2500 square feet in an old mill in Rhode Island and designed and converted it into my interior design studio, art studio, and live space. Consolidating my artistic world has allowed me great focus.


I received my classical instruction from R.H. Ives Gammell student Paul Ingbretson.
The training followed the atelier system of the 19th century France. As it did historically, a student was trained in still life , portrait, figure and plein-air painting. I was also fortunate to study privately with contemporary New york painter Carol Bolsey for four years. I believe the combination of my trainings has contributed to my artistic process and the painter I am today.

Coastal Contemporary Gallery
491 Thames Street, Newport RI 02840  401.612.6121

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