Maryam Najd

º1965, Teheran (Iran)
Lives and works in Antwerp (Belgium)


Maryam Najd - Ignominia (2018) - 81x61cm

Maryam Najd - Iniquity (2018) - 81x61cm

Maryam Najd - Fear and Trembling (2018) - 81x61cm

Maryam Najd - The non-sexual focus (2018) - 81x61cm

Maryam Najd - The narcissistic joy (2018) - 81x61cm

Maryam Najd - Misandry (2018) - 81x61cm

Maryam Najd - Misogyny (2018) - 81x61cm

Maryam Najd - Misantropy (2018) - 81x61cm

Maryam Najd - A teleological suspension of the ethical (2018) - 260x160cm

Maryam Najd - Life of faith (2018) - 220x130cm

POENY FLOWER - oil on canvas (2016) - 90x150cm


LADY AND THE MAN OF SORROWS I - oil on canvas (2016) - 70x50cm


LADY AND THE MAN OF SORROWS II - oil on canvas (2016) - 70x50cm

MEDITERRANEAN BLANKET I - oil on canvas (2016) - 220x150cm


VOYAGER - oil on canvas (2016) - 150x100cm


MONOCHROME SERIES No XI -BLUE - oil on canvas (2016) - (2x) 240x150cm


UTOPIA - oil on canvas (2016) - 180x120cm

Monochrome (Blue) - oil on canvas (2016) - 160x210cm

GOLDEN AGONY - oil on canvas (2016) - 70x110cm


LATITUDE - oil on canvas (2016) - 100x180cm

TREPIDATION - oil on canvas (2016) - 70x110cm


Maryam Najd was educated in Teheran and Antwerp, two cultural and artistic extremes. This is reflected in her figurative and abstract paintings. Overcoming the traditionalist, conflict-laden and oppressive context of the Middle East in favour of Western ‘freedom’, Najd has been developing a highly individual vocabulary that establishes a critical yet respectful dialogue between the two worlds. Recent themes in her work are the freedom of the Western women, and today’s refugee and migrant crisis.

Maryam Najd was a resident at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin and International Studio and Curatorial programm (ISCP), New York. She participated in Fading (museum of Elsene), Indian Caps – the Choice of Jan Fabre (Antwerp), (my private) HEROES (museum MARTa, Herford). In 2016 Maryam Najd had a solo show in Groeningemuseum Bruges.

Curriculum Vitae

Intersection: International Art & Culture, group show in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Beijing
Memories of a revolution, performance by Mashid Mohadjerin, poetry reading by Maryam Najd, M HKA, Antwerp
Grote Prijs Ernest Albert, Cultuurcentrum, Mechelen
The aesthetics of sin, (re)D., Antwerp (solo)
Middle Gate II - Het verhaal van Dimpna, group exhibition, a cooperation between M HKA and de Werft, Gasthuismuseum, Geel
7th Beijing International Art Biennale, National Art Museum of China, Beijing
Lee Ranaldo: Lost ideas, CC De Steiger, Menen
Eight Volumes of Fantasy, Groeningemuseum, Brugge (solo)
Wanderlust, Galerie Van De Weghe, Antwerp (solo)
Duikboot, KASKA, Antwerp
Works on paper, Galerie Van De Weghe, Antwerp
Non Existence Flag Project, Panache Towers, Antwerp (solo)
Uitverkoren, Koningin Fabiolazaal, Antwerp
De Stad als Performance, Triennale Brugge, Bruges
Invisible Shine of Paradox, Project space Studio Start, Antwerp
30 years of Troubleyn, Troubleyn, Antwerp
Belgian Politician, Galerie Marion De Canniere, Antwerp
Bolero - An International Art project on the move, Torun, Ankara and Ponta d’Praia Gallery, Mindelo
Accuracy & Balance, Galerie Van De Weghe, Antwerp (solo)
De Modernen, Duo’s 2, Fabiola zaal, Antwerp
A Track, Concertgebouw, Brugge
Final Show- Once more, Lokaal 01, Breda
Print art fair, Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee
Happy New Year My Love, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (solo)
Bolero, An International Art project on the move, Genk 
Openstudio’s 2012, NICC & Studio start, Antwerp
Pop Hit, Tanzschule Projects, Munich, Germany
The End of History and The Return of History Painting, DA2 Domus Artium, Salamanca
The End of History and The Return of History Painting, Museum voor Moderne kunsten, Arnhem
Masqurade, Tatjana Pieters Galerie Ghent (solo)
Non Existence Flag Project, ISCP New York
Home-Land, 49B Studios, New York
No Flag is Large enough’ - ISCP, New York
Mars op Oostende, Mu.ZEE, Oostende
Girl overkill, Kunstlerhuis Bethanien, Berlin
Common Ground, Second Home, Berlin
FADING, The Museum of Elsene, Brussels
The Choice of Jan Fabre, Indian Caps, Antwerp
Dry and Wet Paintings, Crown Gallery, Brussels
Friday 13th, Kronprinzenpalais, Berlin
POPEYE, Oude Gevangenis, Hasselt
The Aerials of sublime transcape, Lokaal 01, Breda
See who’s coming, MK gallery Rotterdam
Dry and Wet Paintings, Crown Gallery Brussels
Get girl, Kill baddies, Save planet, Crown Gallery, Brussels (solo)
Welcome homeHommage to Fred Bervoets MuHKA, Antwerp
Darkness, Open Air Antwerp
Waaruit bestaat een kus, Manumental Bornem
Dry and Wet Paintings, Crown Gallery Brussels
Gorge (l), Museum voor schone kunst, Antwerp
Phantasmagoria, Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp
(my private) HEROES, Museum Marta Herford Herford, Germany
Metamorphosis II, Musei Civici de San Gimignano, San Gimignano
Nirvana, Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp (solo)
Birth-Sex-Death, Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp
Solo Quint II’, St-Blasius Hospital, Dendermonde
Metamorphosis II, CC Werft, Geel
Metamorphosis II, Abello Museum, Mollet del Vallès, Barcelona
Don’t think twice, it’s all right, Van Laere Contemporary Art, Antwerp
Metamorphosis II, L.A.C., Sigean
Fonkeling, CC Strombeek Strombeek
Stille schilders, Caermersklooster, Ghent
Night & Day, Van Laere Contemporary Art, Antwerp (solo)
Summerdays, Van Laere Contemporary Art, Antwerp
C’est Beau, C’est Belge’, Barbara Farber, La Serre Trets
An empty place to stay, Summer of Poetry & Art Watou, Watou
Inordinate Desire, Van Laere Contemporary Art, Antwerp (solo)
Kinderspel, Kindertekeningen & Actuele kunst, Waarschoot
Garden, Van Laere Contemporary Art, Antwerp (solo)
The Elements, Gallery De Zwarte Panter, Antwerp
De stad, de taal en het beeld, Leiden