Nissa Raad (Fakhrelnissa Raad) is a Jordanian artist who was born in Amman in 1981. She graduated from Brown University in 2002 with a BA in history before receiving an MSc in urban development and design from UCL, London, in 2004. She is half Swedish on her mother's side and has Turkish roots - an eclectic background which has influenced her style of art.
Mixed media, vibrant colors, rich texture and interesting contrasts are ubiquitous in Nissa's whimsical work which is inspired by both the urban and the natural - particularly Middle Eastern/Mediterranean cities and seaside towns. Colourful, soulful subjects dominate her work and she has recently ventured more into minimalist, organic abstracts.
Nissa has had several sold out solo exhibitions in Amman and in Istanbul, and has participated in numerous group exhibitions both locally and internationally as well as contemporary art fairs in Beirut, Paris, New York and Madrid.
Currently living in Amman, she is a mom of 3 kids.
The art of her late grandmother, the Turkish artist Fahrelnissa Zeid, has always inspired her own work.