Posts Tagged ‘egypt’

Artist of the moment……….Art Duo Farkhondeh and Amer



Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh are a contemporary artistic duo renown for their imagery of the female figure. The finished works are completed in embroidery. The team met whilst they were attending college in Nice, France at the Villa Arson.

Ghada Amer was born in Cairo, Egypt in the year 1963. Her family moved to the United States in 1974. Amer received her art education in Paris and Nice, France earning a M.F.A. from Des Hautes Etudes Art Plastique.

Amer has worked in many mediums including painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and installation art. She often explores the female form.

Price range for the duo: Sorry none available. Works by Ghada Amer range from $20,000 to $250,000 for an original acrylic. No price schedule for Reza Farkhondeh.

Below a link to the website of the Amer:

Reza Farkhondeh was born in Iran also in 1963.

Farkhondeh also studied at Des Hautes Etudes Art Plastiques where he studied video and film.

In this clip we view a show featuring works from the duo that took place in 2012:

What a great team of artists that can express themselves in any medium from drawing and sewing to video art.


Artist of the moment……….Street Artist Ganzeer



Ganzeer is an Egyptian street artist who has made the jump to Pop Art star after the Egyptian revolution of 2011. Ganzeer works in many mediums including graphic design, installations, stencils, comic books, and public art. Ganzeer’s government name is Mohamed Fahmy.

The artist calls his work Concept Pop Art. The idea is to take a very iconic image and make people more aware of the problem. Fahmy often has painted murals of those who died during a political event.

Before the revolution occurred street art was seldom seen anywhere in Egypt. Ganzeer was one of the first artists to use his art to promote a political agenda.

His work has been shown in Europe, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States of America.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Below a link to the website of Ganzeer:

Ganzeer is now based out of Brooklyn, New York. Below a brief interview with Ganzeer talking about his  adventures in America:




Artist of the moment….Itzik Asher

Itzik oro Itzhik Asher was born in the year 1946 in Alexandria, Egypt. His father died when he was a child in an accident and his mother was forced to raise he and his brother. His mother moved to Israel. During this time Israel was having its own battle for independence and his mother turned the care of he and his brother over to  a boarding school. His mother visited him daily, but she was having difficulty living in a new country without her husband.

He was eventually placed in a village of youths in Aloney Yitzhak,  were many children had only parent or no parents due to the Holocaust. In this environment he and his brother flourished better than their previous location in Haifa, Israel. The artist would remain until he was 18 years old.

For college he attended Avny Institute located in Tel Aviv, Israel where he studied physical education and anatomy. After finishing school he returned to Aloney Yitzhak where he taught physical education.

By circumstance he was able to meet an employee of Baron de Rothchilds and he was given the opportunity to work for her and was put in charge of her private beach. Asher was able to have the finances available to take his sculpture work to the next level. Also the location of the private beach gave the artist an passion for learning about and collection Roman artifacts.

In the summer he worked on improving the beach businesses and the rest of the year he had the freedom and money to pursue as much art as he would like. Asher made a studio for himself right on the beach and it worked perfectly.

In this clip we view a very controversial work of art. Many parents complained about the figures and felt they shouldn’t be anatomically correct. The work refers to the plight of Jewish people in Russia and Ethopia.

Price range information: Sorry none available.

A link to the website of Itzhik Asher:


Artist of the moment…..Mahmoud Said….

Mahmoud Said was a fantastic painter of the Egyptian culture and people. Mahmoud Said was born in Alexandria, Egypt in the year 1897. His father was twice the Prime Minister of Egypt. His father went by Mahmoud Said Pasha.

Said was a long time judge in legal system of Egypt. He didn’t dedicate himself fully to painting until fifty years of age.

Mahmoud Said used oils as his main choice of medium.

Works in museums in Egypt, France, and Qatar.

For his collegiate studies Said attended the Cairo School of the Fine Arts. His work emphasized three dimensional shapes and the artist knew light well. In comparing his work to another modern painter Ed Mell immediately comes to mind. Both use basic geometric shapes that repeat many times in the image. Also both had a great use of complimentary colors in their work.  Two paintings from Ed Mell below. Mell is an American painter born in 1942.



A great montage of paintings by Mahmoud Said here:

Price range information: Said record at auction is $2.4 million dollars. Many works range from $100,000 to $500,000.

Said is one of first painters to capture daily life in Egypt, Lebanon, and Europe.

Said passed away in 1964. Less than one decade his house was made into a museum which is great because visual artists are indeed NATIONAL  TREASURES!

One artist that had a heavy influence on Mahmoud Said was the painter Arturo Zanieri (born in 1870 died in 1955.) Said was a renown painter of the figure, and in particular the female form. Below two wonderful nudes by Zanieri.





Said was a great painter who was among the first artist of his region to capture life in Egypt in oils. I enjoy his work because its a great blend of Eastern and Western painting ideas. His use of color and color compliments was a great combination to his already keen design skills.


Artist of the moment…..Constantin Xenakis….




Constantin Xenakis was born in Cairo, Egypt in the year 1931. Xenakis now spends much of his time in Paris, France where he moved in 1955. The artist is renown for his use of text, math, and symbols in his art. The artist also produces kinetic sculptures. Kinetic energy has to do with the energy an object has due to its motion.

Made a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters.

In this clip we view a collection of works that shows the many symbols used by the artist. It could be text such as letters from the Hebrew or Greek alphabet. Symbols seen on your daily walks through town could be used or letters from a math or chemistry equation. The show was titled Codes, Secrets, and Lost Symbols.

In this clip Xenakis wishes us well in 2013. I love his use of repeating shapes and patterns in these intricate works.

Has work in the National Museum of Greece.

Price range information:  The artist has worked in many mediums including acrylics which $10,000 to $25,000. Oils range from $1,500 and up. Watercolors $2,000 to $8,000.

If you enjoy looking at text and letters make sure and read my post about Dennis Brown and visit his website. He hails from Ireland and studied calligraphy in college though starting at a young age. Sometimes he builds his letters using glass. A link for Denis Brown’s website :