Ghada Amer was born in Cairo, 1963, completing an MFA in Painting at Villa Arson Epiar, Nice, France, in 1989. She also studied at Institut des Hautes Etudes en Art Plastique, Paris.
Amer is well known for her embroidered paintings, which are inspired by Western Abstract Expressionism and the crafts and patterns of Islamic visual art. Images of nude females dominate canvases, using embroidery to make associations with ‘women’s work’ and the distinctions between East and West; masculine and feminine; high art and low art.
Amer has exhibited widely, including Venice Biennale, Italy, 1999; Intimate Confessions, Deitch Projects, New York, 2000; Whitney Biennial, New York, 2000; Gagosian Gallery, London, 2002; Zones of Contact, Biennial of Sydney, Australia, 2006; Global Feminisms, Brooklyn Museum, New York, 2007 and Gada Amer/Reza Farkhondeh: a new Collaboration on paper, Singapore Tyler Institute, Singapore, 2008.