Nissa was born in Amman, Jordan in 1981 and currently resides there. She is a predominantly self-taught artist and is much swayed and inspired by her late grandmother, the highly celebrated Fahrelnissa Zeid. Her first solo exhibition was titled “AlHara” and was held at Wadi Finan Art Gallery. As an artist, Amman has paved the way for her increasing popularity and celebrated her work in the current Amman art scene.
Nissa’s rich colours combined with bold, voluptuous shapes add a whimsical lightness to her art. Informed by urban environments and superstition of her local land, she constructs a stacked composition of people and elements. The flattened perspective of Raad’s work is unique to her defined style.
Framed homes lay atop each other, adorned in elements that bring an unmatched naivety to her playful canvases. Gushing blues and whites are often seen in her work, calming the senses and evoking a feeling of familiarity only found in intimate and pleasant human exchanges. Nissa Raad holds a BA from Brown University and an MSc in Urban Design from UCL, London.