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Fathy Afifi Abdel Aziz

77x64 cm

oil

impressionism

Fathy Afifi Abdel Aziz

Afifi’s paintings capture the movement of the masses of people, or shaab, who travel through Cairo’s congested streets, sidewalks, train stations, factories and coffee shops. Afifi is himself a product of the culture that he illustrates in this work; he was born in 1950 in the Sayeda Zeinab quarter of Cairo. He is informed by this immensely crowded low-to-mid income district, home to a mosque dedicated and named after the granddaughter of the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH). Darweesh received his Ph.D. from “The San Fernando Academy” in 1952. He held the position of head of the painting department at the Faculty of Beaux Arts in 1969 and received a special appreciation medal and the title of Bakuya from the King of Morocco, Mohammed V in 1952. Afifi seeks to reflect reality rather than romanticise Cairo, home to more than 17 million people, most of whom are struggling financially. His paintings reflect how Egyptians’ daily routine has become mechanical and impersonal. Bold brush strokes, textured canvas and sketch-like technique convey the grittiness of streets and the transience of the perpetual movement of people and machines. Monotonous blank faces show how masses can share little connection to their routine and those around them. He was assigned to teach in Cairo University, Ain Shams University, the Faculty of Fine Arts in Alexandria and the Leonardo da Vinci Institute in Cairo. After 1976, Darweesh was delegated to work in Yemen to prepare a generation of artists and founded the Faculties of Fine Arts in Yem

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