Houria Niati trained in Community arts in Algeria. She settled in London in 1977 where she studied Fine Art at the Croydon College of Art and Design; she has an MA FineArt at Middlessex University. Houria has exhibited widely since 1983. Her work includes painting, multi-media installation, video/photo and live performance.
Her most powerful installations, NO TO TORTURE and BRINGING WATER FROM THE FOUNTAIN HAS NOTHING ROMANTIC ABOUT IT in which she explores Orientalist images and colonial postcards, have built her reputation. Most of Houria's work is intimately self-referential, documenting her own multicultural history. Family photos, snippets of the past are hidden behind a veil of whimsical calligraphy written in English, French and Arabic and based on the artist's own poetry, questionning the process of integration and what it means to live with several languages simultaneously.
Her work is idiosyncratic, based on identity/dichotomy/displacement/multicultural environments and experiencing war as a child.
Although the artist continues to develop work in forms such as painting/drawing, her artistic practice has expanded to include digital media, manipulating photos in computer and printing them Giclee on canvas and paper.
Currently, she is artist-in-residence at the Black Sisters Centre Support Group working on a project to design centenary banners for PROCESSIONS (taking place on June 10 in London, Edinburgh, Belfast an Cardiff) to celebrate the Centenary of the Suffragettes and WW1, a UK wide mass participation of arts and cultural events.
Houria has lived and worked in Ealing since 1997.