Nugamshi [KSA]


nugamshi is a saudi contemporary artist was born in 1982 in the north of saudi who is interested in the arabic calligraphy art. he is a specialist in developing the arabic calligraphy and typography by his own style. his passion is to develop the arabic calligraphy by practice and abstract methods.

“looking for the spirit of the arabic letters.” -nugamshi

Where are you from?

Saudi Arabia.

Where do you currently live?

In Riyadh.

How old are you?


How many years have you been doing Calligraphy?


What made you want to become a Calligrapher?

I feel the art in the calligraphy details.

Where did you land your first design related job?

In Qassim, my hometown.

What are your 3 favourite projects you have worked on?

Indiemaj, Kheel n Harakat logotypy.

How much time do you spend per project on average?

6-9 hours practicing but in performing usually about 60 seconds.  

What is your favourite non-design related hobby?

Music, Movies, and Fashions

Where do you draw your inspiration from?

from Japanese and Chinese cultures.  

What does your office look like?

Messy, brushes, paints, and papers.

What design tools/software do you use?


Mac or PC?


Chrome, Firefox, or Safari?


What would your last meal ever be?

sashimi eel

What is your favourite book?

مهزلة العقل البشري – ابن الوردي

What is your favourite movie?

Lost in Translation

What is your favourite social media network?


What are some of your future goals?

To be a pioneer of the Arabic modern calligraphy

Do you have favourite inks that you use?   

Sumi ink.

Out of curiosity… how many pen pals do you have?

More than 700 pens.

Does your art style play a big role in your current job?

of course it does.

What do you enjoy most about being a calligrapher?

when performing an artwork, i feel like I’m controling the whole planet.

How do you choose the texts for your calligraphy compositions? What sources do you use?

Most often I choose from the general texts. The source is usually from my own experience.

You have done couple of projects with NUQAT in Kuwait! Can you tell us more about it and when was the last time you were here in Kuwait?

I have never done projects with NUQAT despite I had been as a VIP guest. Month ago (April 2015) I have been in Kuwait.

Any specific artist you would love to do a collaboration with?

Pierre Soulages, Shepard Fairey, and Elseed.

Where do you see yourself after 3 years from now?

More walls works in the various places in the world.

What tips do you have for someone who is just starting out?  

WORK hard, network, and watch your steps carefully as you grow.