Nadia Benyahya (Madrid, 1984) is a visual artist specializing in oil artist specialized in figurative oil painting.
Like Kerouac, this Madrilenian with an unrepeatable surname is only interested in people who are crazy for living,
crazy to talk, crazy to save themselves, wanting to do everything at the same time, everything at the same time. And that madness that keeps us sane is the protagonist of her work. Incombustible and with the instinct for science, she searches for that second that has just gone, creating photograms of a fire. How could his paintings not her paintings look like a dirty verse of Sabina in Sofia Coppola’s mouth? At the same time delicate, her way of painting is like being hit by a light in the middle of the stomach.
We live in a world of appearances in which we have become disconnected from ourselves and from disconnected from ourselves and from others. We no longer have the time to know what we feel or why we feel it, nor the courage to show ourselves as we are, without filters or artifice. We invest all our effort in window dressing, and leave the main room in complete darkness.
With my painting I try to offer a switch that illuminates the way back. In this line, I seek to capture the light and the sensations that surround it by using oil on canvas, linen or wood. My aim is to transcend the obvious and capture the essence.
A priori it might seem that the painting captures a specific moment. Something static and encapsulated. But life is
movement, just like the emotions that are told in my works. Therefore, in the quest to amplify its impact, I am investigating its accompaniment through an audiovisual piece. Starting from the creative process of the painting itself,
together with shots that capture the sensory universe that accompanies the piece.
We live in a world of appearances, disconnected from others and our own selves. We no longer have time to realize what we truly feel or the courage to show ourselves without filters or artifices. We invest all our effort in the showcase, leaving the main room in complete darkness. With my painting I try to offer a switch that lights the way back in.
In this connection, i seek to express that light and those feelings surrounding it using oil on canvas, linen or wood. My goal is to transcend the obvious and capture the true essence.
Mediterráneo. Lobby Art Gallery – Hotel Emperador | Madrid – Coming soon
Bloom. Arma Gallery | Madrid – Coming soon
Indómitas. Cultura Inquieta | Madrid 2019
Luz en Femenino. Sugar Gallery | Madrid 2015
Desde la Piel. María Pandora | Madrid 2014
Art Madrid Fair. Arma Gallery | Madrid 2023
Un antes y un después. Exposición colectiva, Arma Gallery | Madrid 2022
Los Ilustrados de Ornamante. Exposición colectiva | Bcn 2017
‘Who is Miss Catbantry?’. Exposición colectiva, Miscelánea | Bcn 2016
Collaborations, Awards & Residencies
Can7. Artistic Residence | Formentera 2023
Oddisey of the Seas. Private Collection, ‘Royal Caribbean Cruises’ | USA 2023
‘The Gold’, BBC. Paintings for the series | Almería 2022
La Alborada. Artistic Residence | Málaga 2022 ‘
The English’, BBC. Portraits of Emily Blunt for the series | Madrid 2021
Harmonies by Boa mistura. Studio Assistant | Paris 2020
Fronteras.. Mural Intervention, School of Burmese Refugees | Thailand 2020
‘Soulmates’, AMC. Large-format paintings for the series | Madrid 2019
‘Elite’, Netflix. Paintings, drawings, and concepts for the series | Madrid 2017
Collaboration with the Victoria brand | Madrid 2017
. Onda Madrid | Madrid 2019
. Madrid Directo | Madrid 2019
. El Mundo | Madrid 2019
. Cultura Inquieta | Madrid 2019
. Woman | Madrid 2019
. Kluid Magazine | Madrid 2019
. La Ventana del Arte | Madrid 2019
. ExPERPENTO | Madrid 2019
. Tve, Canal 24h | Madrid 2015
. ‘Luz en Femenino’, El País | Madrid 2015
. I, me, mine | Madrid 2015
. Informativos Telecinco | Madrid 2015
. El Economista | Madrid 2015
. Europa Press | Madrid 2015
. Revista El Duende | Madrid 2015
. La Vanguardia | Madrid 2015