Nadine Faraj

I paint with watercolor on paper. This is a subtle medium that I use to depict provocative scenes. I enjoy the tension between these opposites. I use a wet technique that allows for color to run, bleed and expand in all directions. Pigments often bloom on their own, creating unexpected forms. I enjoy the broad range of body reconfigurations that ensue, which I see as depictions of our irrational selves. And I wonder, if I abstract bodies to the edge of recognition, can I reveal the souls embodied within?

The bulk of my source material comes from magazines that drastically trivialize sex. Painting in an expressionistic way I‘ve been transforming these images of sex-without-feeling into new, more human, more vulnerable, versions.

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Born 1977, Montréal, Canada
Lives and works in Montréal and New York City

Education and Residencies
2015 MFA, School of Visual Arts, New York City
2011 Mount Lebanon Shaker Museum Residency, New Lebanon, New York
2010 Habitat for Artists Residency, Stowe, Vermont
2008 École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts, Paris, France
2002 BFA, Concordia University, Montréal, Canada
1995 Marianopolis College, Montréal, Canada

Honors and Awards
2000 Millennium Scholarship, Concordia University, Montréal, Canada
1999 Susan Levin-Woods Award, Concordia University, Montréal, Canada
1995 Edward Lesko Philosophy Prize, Marianopolis College, Montréal, Canada
1990 Switchback National Illustration Contest, Winner, CBC Television, Canada

Solo Exhibitions

2019 Ages Ago Every Cell In Your Soul Capsized Forever Into This Infinite Golden Sea,
Anna Zorina Gallery / Spring Break Art Show, New York City
2019 Get Used To Us, Anna Zorina Gallery, New York City
2016 Naked Revolt, Anna Zorina Gallery, New York City
2016 The World Has Gone Joyously Mad, Galerie Joyce Yahouda, Montréal, Canada
2013 Miel Salé, Galerie Joyce Yahouda, Montréal, Canada
2010 Élément, Image in Situ public installation, Québec, Canada
2010 Beacon/Phare, Articule Gallery, Montréal, Canada
2009 Dessins éphémères No. 3, UMA public installation, Montréal, Canada
2009 A Drawing Installation: Dessins éphémères, Independent public installation, Montréal, Canada
2001 Yantra, Petit Café Campus, Montréal, Canada
2001 Coopérative la Maison Verte, Montréal, Canada
2000 Utility Closet, Concordia University, Montréal, Canada
1999 Gallery X Concordia University, Montréal, Canada

Selected Group Exhibitions
2018 CURRENTS (curated by Barbara Zucker), A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
2017 Summer Cool, Anna Zorina Gallery, New York City
2017 G.R.O.S.S., Never Apart, Montréal, Canada
2017 Radical Love: Female Lust, Crypt Gallery, London, England
2016 Summer Hours, Anna Zorina Gallery, New York City
2016 Winter Tales, Anna Zorina Gallery, New York City
2016 Postcards from the Edge, Sikkema Jenkins & Co, New York City
2015 Three Women, Anna Zorina Gallery, New York City
2015 Battle of the Masters, Open Gallery (curated by Donna Cleary
and Hovey Brock), New York City
2015 Sideshow Nation III, Circle The Wagons, Sideshow Gallery, New York City
2015 Pop-Up @ Spacewomb Gallery, Galerie Joyce Yahouda, New York City
2015 Small Works (curated by Richard Timperio), Sidney Mishkin Gallery, New York City
2014 Un Événement Convivial, Galerie Joyce Yahouda, Montréal, Canada
2011 Summer Program (curated by Luciane Pinto), Bliss Lake, Québec, Canada
2010 Creature Feature, Headquarters Gallery, Montréal, Canada
2010 Scotiabank Buit Blanche Toronto (curated by Gerald McMaster), Toronto, Canada
2010 Exposed!, Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, Vermont
2009 Poor Traits!, Headquarters Gallery, Montréal, Canada
2008 Dubai-Cairo-Athens, Artower Agora Gallery, Athens, Greece
2008 Dubai International Art Symposium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2006 Live Painting Performance, Artemano Gallery, Québec, Canada
2002 Casa De Dom Inacio, Abadiania, Brazil
2001 Art Matters, Concordia University, Montréal, Canada
2001 Concordia University Graduating Student Art Exhibit, Mai Gallery,
Montréal, Canada