Nebil Zaman

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Nebil Zaman (b.1985) is a Kurdish / Norwegian artist living and working in Oslo. After beginning his studies in Art direction and advertising, Zaman took a turn and went to study traditional woodworking and furniture design at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Since graduating Zaman has merged furniture making with his fascination and interest in architecture, art and technology.


Based on his upbringing and experiences, he explores how our surroundings affect us socially and culturally. His interest in materials, production techniques and visual languages shine through in his work, investigating topics such as function, form, identity and visual culture.

His formal language and aesthetic stems from a fascination with ancient civilizations, archaeological encounters, science fiction and futuristic visions. The scope of his creative process focuses on the combination of digital fabrication and handcraft methods. Zaman is most intrigued by the materiality of plaster, as it provides an organic element of expression and a sense of freedom.

Zaman was awarded the ‘DOGA Award for Newcomers’ 2017 for his project “Personal Space”, a bench that invites to reflect on how we relate to one another. The piece was acquired by the National Museum of Norway in 2019 and got the Arts Council Artis Grant in 2022.