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Galila Nawar

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Galila Nawar

“My interest in portraiture lies in the tension between the latent and the manifest; on the one hand the persona that is presented in a pose or captured snapshot, and on another hand the real person behind it… I choose to paint from selected photographs that allow me to see beyond the pose and create a narrative of my own. Through a detail of a look or a posture, I attempt to find a universal human emotion or a drama specific to a particular time or context. People are what the world is about. Painting them is my way of trying to understand the world we live in.”

Personal Data

Born in Cairo, to a family of filmmakers in1962, the artist continues to live and work in Cairo.


1985               BA in Psychology AUC, Cairo, Egypt.
2000-2004     Drawing and painting course at Magd El Sigini’s studio
2004-2008     Oil Painting and Portraiture at Central St. Martin’s College of
                        Art. London, UK.


2010              “Photo Album”
                       Solo Exhibition
                       Karim Francis Gallery – Cairo, Egypt.