Saturday,22 September, 2018
Current issue | Issue 1308, (18 -24 August 2016)
Saturday,22 September, 2018
Issue 1308, (18 -24 August 2016)

Ahram Weekly


This week's focus is on the art of Youssef Sida (1922- 1994), one of the pioneers of the

school of the art of calligraphy and of the art of letters. Sida and his fellow calligraphers were inspired by the spirit of creativity of that energy in the formation of the Arabic script and Sida has remained faithful to this mode of art for three decades.

He mastered this kind of art by adding his very own creations, ideas and diversities, as the letters are able to act as an alternative for all the figurative and moral elements expressed in this particular art.

The letters of the language carry inside it a very spiritual ambiance because it is a civilised and universal entity. Sida was the leading master and thinker who could, as described by the critic artist Mustafa Ebeid, transcend the traditional formulation of the Arabic and Islamic calligraphy and was inspired by the many forms and diversity distinguished by the fertility of ideas thereby offering new and sophisticated art formulas beginning from his journey with this kind of art since the early sixties.

Sida was one of the unique models in the Egyptian fine art movement and he gained fame for his authenticity and dynamic style. The artist is truly regarded as a very precious reference to the youth of the fine art movement of the day, he came from his birth place Damietta to study in Cairo at the Faculty of Applied Arts, where he obtained his diploma in 1942. He then resumed his studies at the Supreme Institute of Education, in the drawing section to be precise and received another diploma in 1945. His interest was centered in drawing everything his eyes fell upon and the features of the faces and its expressions were lurking between his fingertips, he used to draw the character delicately with extreme freshness and had a unique ability to build and confirm the features and feelings.

Sida's works are on permanent display at the Museum of Modern Egyptian Art

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