Omar El-Nagdi was born in Cairo in 1931. Little Omar came from a bourgeois-peasant family in the governate of Chankieh. In 1952 he obtained his first prize in the competition of the Faculty of Fine Arts in Cairo. By the moral values, the mentality and the rhythm of the life led by his bourgeois and country family, Omar El Nagdi kept in him, as in his works, the stamp of the peasant and the stamp of the simple and spontaneous life.
He graduated in 1953 with the Honorary Prize from the Academy of Fine Arts in Cairo and in 1957 he graduated with the Honorary Prize from the Faculty of Applied Arts in Cairo. He left for Russia in 1959 and studied ceramics in Moscow. Then his path took him to Italy to study fresco and mosaic and in 1964 he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice.
Omar has held and participated in over 70 group exhibitions both inside and outside Egypt between the years 1952 and 2004. His works were exhibited in France, Beirut, New York, London, Kuwait, Japan, Moscow, Venice, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Italy and many other countries around the world. Collectibles of Omar’s can be found at the Museum of Modern Art in Egypt, the White House Museum, Four Seasons Hotel in Sharm El-Sheikh, National Library of France, Omar El-Nagdi Museum in France among many other countries. Throughout his years as an artist, Omar was given numerous awards in photography, sculpture and carving.