International Afghan sculptor Sami Nadi is a master sculptor. His work echoes the beauty and artistic traditions of Afghanistan's more than two thousand years of exemplary sculpture. Nadi works in stone, marble, bronze, clay and plaster of paris.
Sami Nadi was born in Kabul, Afghanistan in 1958. He studied both classical and modern sculpture and attended the Kabul Sana'eh School of Art, the College of Fine Arts at Kabul University. Nadi won a scholarship in 1981 to the Academy of Sculpture and Fine Arts in Minsk, where he studied under a classical Italian sculptor.
During his career in Europe, he produced many sculptures and displayed his works in numerous exhibitions in Italy, Germany, France and England.
Sculptor Nadi first came to the United States in 1993 to visit the artistic scene in New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. Exiled from his native land, Nadi lived in Germany for several years and in 2001 moved permanently to the U.S. He now resides in Simi Valley, California where he continues creating his sculpture. He also has a studio at the Willits Center Gallery in Fremont, California.
Nadi, through the gift of his art, wishes to assist in the rebuilding of Afghanistan, particularly in art education, by bringing awareness to the American public of Afghanistan's rich cultural history, its ancient art heritage and the present difficult circumstances of its people.
Many of Nadi's portraits illustrate archetypes of Afghan culture: musicians, sportsmen, shopkeepers, and women... Some shrouded in burqas, others shown emerging from this emblem of Taliban oppression.