Nadia Janjua is an artist and architect working in Washington, D.C., USA. She obtained her Masters of Architecture degree from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (Newark, NJ) ’05 and her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from the George Washington University (Washington, D.C.) ’00. She has been drawing and painting since her childhood years, and considers art and aesthetics to be a part of everything she does.
Her art work is an exploration of techniques used to represent Allah’s presence and light in the tangible and spiritual world. The styles of paintings range from a more fluid and traditional style with an Arabic word or verse as the central focus of the painting, to a more abstract style using thicker oil paints and an emphasis on the dichotomy of abstraction versus representation. Her more recent paintings focus on abstract expressions as a means to explore faith through the subtleties and nuances of colour and form within the composition. The evolution of styles is a process of encouraging the artist and viewer to look closer for the words of inspiration, to think deeper about their relevance to our experiential lives, and to realize that the existence of Allah lies in all things beautiful.
Nadia currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area, where she manages her own architectural design business focused on design-build residential construction, called “NJArtitecture,” and freelances as an artist. Her creative work can be seen on her website, www.njartitecture.com.