Nadine Faraj (b. Montréal 1977) is an artist who makes watercolour paintings utilizing a wet-on-wet technique and a bold colour palette. She paints sexualized figures in varying degrees of abstraction drawn from the worlds of pornography and erotica. Her fluid, expressionistic style allows her figures to emerge as deeply psychological and emotional beings, recovering a sense of their humanity, spirituality and political agency. Recently, her works have addressed issues of human rights, politics, intersectionality, feminisms, LGBTQIA+ activism, environmentalism, and sex and body positivity. She is influenced by Rumi and other mystic poets that deal with themes of love and the divine aspects of human beings, informing the way that she reinterprets her eroticized figures as soulful, complex, and loving beings. Faraj completed her MFA degree at the School of Visual Arts in New York City (2015), and received her BFA degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Fine Arts from Concordia University in Montréal (2002). She completed intensive courses in life drawing and anatomy at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts in Paris (2008), and received her Diploma in College Studies (DEC) in philosophy and art history at Marianopolis College in Montréal (1995).
Faraj's solo exhibitions include Naked Revolt at the Anna Zorina Gallery, New York (2016) and The Whole World Has Gone Joyously Mad (2016), and Miel Salé (2013) at galerie Joyce Yahouda in Montréal. Her work was included in the group exhibitions G.R.O.S.S. at Never Apart in Montreal (2017), Radical Love: Female Lust at the Crypt Gallery in London, England (2017), Three Women at Anna Zorina Gallery, New York (2015), and in Battle of the Masters at Open Gallery Space, New York (2015). In 2009, her first public art installation dessins éphémères sparked the ongoing À LOUER project administered by UMA, La Maison de l’image et de la photographie in Montréal. From 2009-2011, she created large-scale public installations in Montréal, Québec City, Ste-Agathe-des-Monts, Québec, Stowe, Vermont, and in Toronto for Scotiabank's Nuit Blanche in 2010. In 2008, Faraj was invited to exhibit her work in the Dubai International Art Symposium, UAE.