Artist Nazli Madkour studied politics and economics despite having showed talent and aptitude since childhood. But it took a while to understand that art would allow no competition or sharing. She gave up her job at the Industrial Development Centre of the Arab League to devote herself to painting.
Uniting humanity and nature, Madkour’s work ranges from the figurative to the abstract, often focusing on Egyptian women, and she is constantly exploring the nature of different materials to convey subtleties of colour and texture. In this way nature morphs into music, communicating a range of aesthetic experiences with passion.
Of her work, Madkour says, "I intended to achieve a kind of direct cohesion between shapes and surfaces that led to the disappearance of details in one or more parts of the work, and this is in line with the tendency of modern art to break the rules of academic perspective".
*A version of this article appears in print in the 10 September, 2020 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly