Born in 1995 in Cairo, Egypt.
Nelly El Sharkawy is an architect and ballerina who started Photography in 2011 and began shooting conceptual self-portraits in 2012 then fell in love with the Black and White photography. She is fond of shooting street and architectural photography. Nelly's work has been presented in group exhibitions at venues all around Egypt including B'sarya, TU Berlin Campus El Gouna, SOMA art school, ArtsMart, Darb1718, Shnit Cairo, DCAF, Kasr el Fenoun, Photopia Photo Gallery at The Westown hub Winter Festival,El Sawy Cultural Center and many others. Nominated in the Foam Paul Huf Award 2017 and in the Architectural top ten photos in El Sharka award, won two awards in the best innovative photograph in the Cairo Camera Club and The CIB prize in the 25th youth salon. El Sharkawy is a designer and co-founder of the Cairo-based initiative Mashrou' El Saada, whose aim is to psychologically support people living in Egypt's neglected slums through the use of colors and creative designs. She joined Cairopolitan; A products, Design Store and Art gallery located in Cairo; in 2017 and is currently a Partner, Manager, and Creative Director.