For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by arts and crafts, at least more than the average kid. I remember that I loved being outside watching birds, trees, horses, butterflies, spiders, etc., and all those lovely creatures and objects were in my first drawings. Other times, I just needed a piece of wood to carve with simple tools. I was initially self-taught, studying in the various galleries and museums, where I admire the works of John Constable and Eugene Delacroix. At the age of seventeen, I took some painting lessons at the local art academy for one year before attending the university. Since then I tried many mediums by myself – painting with acrylics and aquarelles, pencil drawing, ink drawing, engraving, and lettering.
In 1983, I joined the diplomatic service and started to live and work in several foreign countries, including Switzerland, the United States, Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Venezuela, Panama, and Korea. In these countries, I picked up different art techniques, including sculpting, carving in wood and other materials, installations, silkscreen, etc.
I also traveled to many parts of the world, enjoying swimming in the Amazon, exploring the Inca civilization in Peru and the Aztec pyramid in central Mexico, diving in Hawaii, traveling to the great savanna and climbing the “Avila” in Venezuela, dancing samba in the Rio de Janeiro carnival, hunting in Kenya, crossing the Panama Canal, climbing the great Pyramid of Giza; I even stayed one night in a king’s chamber, visiting king Tutankhamun’s tomb and the Abu simple temple in Egypt.
I used my camera to capture the beauty of all these wonderful places; my art works therefore have diverse themes and styles.
My work has been in eight solo exhibitions, as well as 15 group exhibitions, and my art had been a subject of many reviews and newspapers articles as well as local and international televisions shows in Egypt, Venezuela, Panama, Sudan, Kenya, and Uganda. While being active as an artist, curator, art critic, and juror, I received several honors and awards as well as memberships in several art associations around the world.
About my artwork
I always have been interested in signs of mysteries in our life and studying evidences of their penetrations into the real world. Also, I have been trying to detect mysterious penetrations in some individuals. My imagery communicates a personal interpretation of archetypal imagery and personal vision. It flows from the heart, often almost creating itself as I move into and through the painting and sharing the experience of self-empowerment. In many paintings, hidden dimensions are not readily apparent unless the viewer has had a similar experience. I also love that beauty exists in nature, and in this sprit sometimes give voice to a vision by painting it.