“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.”
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”
Karim Francis Gallery – Cairo, Egypt.