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Current issue | Issue 1367, (2 - 8 November 2017)
Friday,26 April, 2019
Issue 1367, (2 - 8 November 2017)

Ahram Weekly

The World of Sayed Saad El-Deen

Sayed Saad El-Deen
Sayed Saad El-Deen

"The World of Saad", an exhibition held by the Picasso Gallery at the Semiramis Intercontinental Hotel, features a display of paintings by the fine arts master Sayed Saad El-Deen.

The show is a unique artistic combination, merging the world of fantasy and social reality, creating authentic stories coupled with a touch of simple fiction echoed on paintings with calm, bright and harmonious colours that add pureness and transparency to mesmerising works.

Saad El-Deen embodied a unique style throughout his artistic journey as he combined his fantasy world and that of reality. His works are more attached to the human spirit in general, Egyptians in particular.

Symbolism is common in his paintings which use the elements of nature. He possesses creative capabilities in using light and shade which add a special magic, and his colours offer transparency and purity.

The artist has said he adopts several artistic styles in his artworks besides romanticism -- expression, realism, abstraction, surrealism and symbolism. “In the paintings of expressive romance, the vocabulary of the painting embodied my own ideas and themes that I aesthetically contemplated, turning from a natural form to an idea that carries many meanings, such as the paintings through which I expressed the idea of war and social suffering in an atmosphere of serenity and a sense of tragedy. In the romantic-realist styled paintings, I created the structures seen by our eyes but added to them my very own dreams, overwhelming feelings and my aesthetic language and ability to play with light. There is also some exaggeration blending between romanticism and realism.”
This is brilliantly reflected in the works depicting social topics, including the beans vendour, Al-Moulid.

Born in 1944 in Qena, Saad El-Deen received a diploma from the Italian Institute Leonardo Da Vinci in Cairo in 1967. He is registered in Cambridge Encyclopedia as “a very special Egyptian artist”.

The exhibition is open until 7 November.

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