Adel El Siwi

Adel El Siwi

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Born in 1952

Lives & works in Cairo, Egypt

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Private Collections : Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE; Mathaf, Doha, Qatar

Public Collections : Institut du monde Arabe, Paris, France; Greater Cairo Library, Egypt, Cairo;

Collected by museums and foundations : Kamel Lazaar Foundation British Museum, London, UK; The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, UAE; Museum of Modern Egyptian Art, Cairo, Egypt Museum of Modern Egyptian Art, Cairo, Egypt;


Presentation of the artist

One of the most famous and influential contemporary Egyptian artists and mostly known for his monumental faces, Adel El Siwi delights us here with a body of work which is the fruit of six years dedicated to an intense reflection on the nature of the animal and its ambivalent relationship with the human being.

Adel El Siwi’s impressive and very personal painting technique combined with his ability to continuously update his narrative skills, as well as his unshakable faith in the possibility of giving birth to new worlds by means of painting, give birth to a body of work which is at the same time strongly sensual and conceptually lucid.

El Siwi’s colourful large canvases are equipped with a dazzling interior light, as if proclaiming a revelation, each telling a full story of its own. In his long series of studies of the different typologies of animals he attempt to seize the “personality” that lies behind each creature’s appearance.

El Siwi sets up a fine network of cultured citations drawn from literature, cinema and art history, whereby he appropriates other artists’ animals, reviving and reinventing them, to achieve a universe where every creature, whether animal or human, participates fully-fledged, not subject to hierarchical classification, but as a protagonist.

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Nationality : Egypt

Painting Contemporary Art

In connection with

Mashrabia Gallery, Cairo - Egypt


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1952

Born in Beheira, Egypt

Solo exhibitions & presentations

2017

In the presence of the Animal, Mashrabia Gallery of Contemporary Art, Cairo, Egypt

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2017

The Face and Beyond, Artspace Gallery, Dubai, UAE

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2015

Artspace Gallery, Dubai, UAE

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2013

Inception Gallery, Paris, France

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2013

Artspace Gallery, London, UK

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2012

Artspace Gallery, Dubai, UAE

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2010

The Fables, Horizon One Gallery, Cairo, Egypt

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2009

Contemporary icons, Artspace Gallery, Dubai , UAE

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2008

Au delà du visage, Le Violon Bleu, Tunisia

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2007

Siwi Faces, Artspace, Dubai, UAE

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Group exhibitions & fairs

2015

SYRA Arts, New York, USA

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2014

Contemporary Egyptian Art, Egyptian Academy, Rome, Italy

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2012

25 years of contemporary Arab art, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France

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2011

Window on contemporary Egyptian art, London, UK

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2009

Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

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2009

Invisible presence: Looking at the Body in Contemporary Egyptian Art (curated by Stefania Angarano), Samaakhana, Cairo, Egypt

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2009

The Face, Horizon One Gallery, Cairo, Egypt

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2008

The Other, Cairo Biennale, Cairo, Egypt

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2008

Arabia Italia: Chelsea Art Museum, New York, USA

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2008

Word into Art - Artists of the Middle East: traveling exhibition (curated by Venetia Porter), The British Museum, Dubai, UAE

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2008

Mediterranean Trilogy, Palais des Arts, Marseille, France

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2008

Arab artists in between Italian and Mediterranean Tradition Damascus/Beirut/Cairo

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Publications & essays

2006

Translation of Giuseppe Ungaretti’s Life of a man

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2001

Translation and preface of Paul Klee’s Bauhaus Lectures

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1997

Member of the Supreme Council of Culture, Egypt

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1997

Editor of the magazine of Visual Art Ain

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1995

Translation and preface of the Leonardo da Vinci’s A treatise on painting

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