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Essam Marouf

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Essam Marouf

“… I see my art as more universal. It’s mixed from Egypt, Italy, Holland and the world. It is not a cultural statement, it is a human story…...”

Personal Data

Born 1958, in Cairo, Marouf lives and Works between Cairo and Amsterdam.


Studied painting from 1976 at Faculty of Fine Arts - Helwan University in Cairo and graduated in 1981 at Mural Painting Section.
From 1982 until 1985 studied at Accademia di Bella Arte in Roma.

Selected Acquisitions

Museum of Modern Art Cairo, KPMG Nederland, ING Bank,
Gemeente Amsterdam, Helmond, CBK Amsterdam, Tilburg, Deventer,
BKU Utrecht, SBK Amsterdam, Kunstuitleen Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht
and many other public and private collections internationally.

Selected Catalogues

2010         “One Art, One World”. (Artnow International Corporation)
2009         “Undercurrent”, Art Sawa Gallery Dubai
2008         “Biennale Cairo 2008”
2008         “Same story, different people - Essam Marouf”, Art Sawa Gallery, Dubai


National Foundation for Fine Arts, Design and Architecture, The Netherlands

Selected Exhibitions

2011        “Same people, same story”, Galerie Helga Hofman, Alphen aan de Rijn, NL
2011         “Realisme” Artfair, Galerie Smarius/ Steven Sterk, Amsterdam
2010         Art Paris Abu Dhabi, Artfair, Galerie Art Sawa Dubai
                  “Human body”, Art Palace, Cairo
                  “Contemporary views III”, Almasar Gallery, Cairo
                  “Zomergasten”, Galerie Helga Hofman, Alphen aan de Rijn, NL
                  “Essam Marouf, works on paper”, Mashrabia Galery, Cairo (solo)
2009         “Undercurrent”, Galerie Art Sawa, Dubai, UAE
                  Art Paris Abu Dhabi, Artfair, Galerie Art Sawa, Dubai
                  Luxor International Painting Symposium.
                  “Faces” Horizon One Hall, Cairo
                  “Unforgettable Views”, Galerie Helga Hofman
2008         Art Amsterdam, Galerie Smarius, Sonnega, NL
                  “Same story, different people”, Art Sawa Gallery, Dubai (solo)
                  La Quatrième Pyramide, Institute du Monde Arabe, Paris, FR
                  11th Biennale Cairo, Horizon One Hall, Cairo
                  Gallery Salon 2, Art Palace, Cairo
2007         “L'Uomo del mediterraneo”, Complesso del Vittoriano, Roma, Italia
                  “Giornata”, Galerie Smarius Sonnega (solo)
                  “Eigthies”, Ebdaa Gallery, Cairo
                  National Exhibition Cairo
2006         “Essam Marouf”, Galerie Smarius Sonnega (solo)
                  “Other people”, Mashrabia Gallery Cairo (solo)
2004         Galerie Witteveen, Amsterdam (solo)
2003         “De kwetsbaarheid van het moment”, Artoteek Oost, Amsterdam (solo)
                  Art Twente, Hengelo, Galerie Witteveen
2001         Mashrabia Gallery, Cairo (solo)
2002         “Op de huid gekeken”, SBK- Kunsthal de Remise, Amsterdam
                  Galerie Windkracht 13, Den Helder (solo)
                  “Onafscheidelijk”, De Vrije Academie, Den Haag (solo)
                  Kunstpaviljoen, Nieuw Roden (solo)
1998         Mashrabia Gallery, Cairo (solo)
                  “Eeuwig kwetsbaar”, Provinciaal museum Begijnhofkerk St. Truiden, Belgium
                  Museum of religious art, Uden, NL
                  Anthropological Museum, Groningen, NL
1997         Mashrabia Gallery, Cairo (solo)
1995         Mashrabia Gallery, Cairo (solo)
                  “A moment out of time”, Outline, Amsterdam (solo)
                  “One hour art”, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam
1993         Mashrabia Gallery, Cairo (solo) 
                  “Kleine werken, grote dromen”, Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam
                  “Duo”, Galerie Pictura, Dordrecht
1991         Mashrabia Gallery, Cairo (solo)
1992         Galerie CriCri, Amsterdam (solo)
1989         First solo exhibition in Egypt at Nile Gallery (Art Palace), Cairo