Nja Mahdaoui

“The kaolin-based body needs to be handled with a lot of care. It was a great pleasure and honour for me to indulge in a bit of sculptural experimentation and, for the first time, to perform my work on porcelain objects modelled by craftworkers at the Meissen Manufactory beforehand. The greatest challenge for me as a painter concerned the way colour pigments are altered by fire and glaze.”


Nja Mahdaoui, born in Tunisia in 1937, 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.

Nja Mahdaoui’s art is likewise inspired by Arabic calligraphy. His work is nevertheless free of linguistic content. It adorns entire Gulf Air aircrafts and airports. Nja has received numerous awards and prizes and is regarded as being one of Tunisia’s leading contemporaries.



w.t., 2011, Overglaze painting on Meissen Porcelain®