Nja Mahdaoui is a visual artist and an explorer of signs. He graduated from the Academy Santa Andrea, Rome, and the École du Louvre, Paris. His varied work comprises paintings, prints, tapestries, designs for fashion designer Amel Sghir, book covers and book illustrations. He was selected by Gulf Air (UAE) to design the external decoration of its fleet for the airline's fiftieth anniversary, and in 2005 he won a UNESCO Crafts Prize for the Arab States with a stained-glass creation. His works are in museum collections in the Middle East, Europe, North America and Asia, as well as at three airports in Saudi Arabia. He has participated in numerous biennials and group and solo exhibitions and has also organized conferences. He has received many international awards, including the Grand Prix des Arts et des Lettres (Tunisia), and has been on the committees for a number of international artistic events.