Aisha Nailah

category: Visual,

Contact & Info


Phone: 2035832627


Artist Statement

My name is Aisha Nailah, born and raised in Bridgeport, Ct., currently a Reads Artspace member and resident. I hold a bachelor's in art therapy and I'm a certified special education teacher and teaching artist since 2010. I work in mixed media painting, collage and murals. My work expresses my love of color and texture, often working fabrics, and paper into pieces as well as using paint and inks. It's about the feeling, color and spiritual vibrancy of the composition. I'm inspired culturally being an African Diasporan woman of Costa Rican descent and by street art, especially the free forms and colors found in the styles and calligraphic movements and as a teacher I tend to focus on exposing students to artists in the African Diaspora. Since stepping into the arts in 2010 I've curated multiple large scale exhibits at Reads Artspace, exhibited nationally and internationally and I've also served as a curator at BLENDS gallery in Bridgeport from 2017-2019. I teach collage, painting in my own Urban Abstract Figurative style, the basic elements of arts & design and found object/ assemblage art.


Educational Background

Bachelor's Art Therapy - Albertus Magnus 2010

Special Education Certification - Southern Ct State University 2015

Teaching Artist Experience


Cut, Paste, POW! Visionary Collage Creation- This workshop explores self-expression, who we are and what we want to show the world about ourselves, through collage construction.  

The African Diasporan Lens: Basics of Visual Arts- The Diasporan Lens is a cultural and technical exploration of the basic elements of art and design through various artists in the African Diaspora past and present.

ReFABricate: Found Object Art- students learn about and create 3 dimensional assemblage art using everyday materials. 

Graffiti-ish- students learn to paint in my personal style, urban abstract figurative painting.

  • AFLCT & ArtsWestchester/ teaching artist 2021-current
  • Special Education Teacher (5-8th grades) - New Haven & Bridgeport, CT   2014-2021
  • ConnCat / Harlem Renaissance Youth Program - New Haven, Ct 2013
  • Common Ground HS Camp -Visual Arts in Nature, New Haven, Ct 2012
  • City of Bridgeport Public Schools- Long term Substitute teacher /Visual Arts, Bridgeport, Ct  2010-2012