Omar El Nagdi was born in Egypt in 1931. He graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Cairo in 1953 and continued his training in Russia and Italy, graduating from the Academy of Venice in 1965. He held his first exhibition in Cairo in 1950. An active member of Cairo's art community, El Nagdi was a member of the Liberal Artist's group headed by Taha Hussein, and formed the Egyptian Mosaics Group in 1964.
He received awards at three Alexandria biennials in 1966, 1968, and 1974.
Artist, philosopher, and musician Omar El Nagdi is renowned for his series of works based on singular forms of calligraphy. Initiated in the 1960s and 1970s, El Nagdi's practice creates rhythmic abstractions based on the repetition
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