Nada Elkalaawy

Nada Elkalaawy’s practice is inspired by her personal history and deals with loss, trace memories and fictional narratives. She works primarily in paint, but sometimes incorporates drawing, animation and tapestry in conversation with the pictorial medium. Her creative process is a tool for introspection, enabling her to tell stories about separation, belonging and attachment. The core of her work revolves around the creation of images, the representation of fleeting memories and the visualization of mental images.

Works from this artist






  • Union

    Nada Elkalaawy

  • The Protector

    Nada Elkalaawy

  • Nutcracker

    Nada Elkalaawy

  • Anxious Bunny

    Nada Elkalaawy

  • Point of Departure

    Nada Elkalaawy


Nada Elkalaawy was born in Alexandria, Egypt in 1995. She now lives and works in London, UK.


Nada Elkalaawy’s work is part of public collections worldwide. These include the Soho House Collection (London) and the X Museum Collection (Beijing).


Elkalaawy studied at Central Saint Martins (London), Kingston University (London) and graduated with an MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art (London).


Her work has been featured in exhibitions at Taymour Grahne Projects (London), Half Gallery (New York), Kirki Projects (Tinos), Marlborough Gallery (London), Svetova1 (Prague), Galerie DuflonRacz (Bern), Gypsum Gallery (Cairo), Kunstraum Dreiviertel (Bern), Shubbak Festival (London), International Film Festival and Art Exhibition (Munich), Kunsthalle am Hamburger Platz (Berlin), MASS Alexandria, MASS Alexandria at Bamako Biennale, The Wing (London), Shelter Art Space (Alexandria), Sharjah Art Gallery (Cairo), Medrar (Cairo), GX Gallery (London), Rich Mix (London), Nahim Isaias Museum (Guayaquil), Refugees Museum (Thessaloniki), Piano Nobile gallery (London), Crypt gallery (London) and the Augustinian Centre (London).

In the studio