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Current issue | Issue 1389, (12 - 18 April 2018)
Thursday,20 September, 2018
Issue 1389, (12 - 18 April 2018)

Ahram Weekly

Renaissance man

Farid Fadel
Farid Fadel

The “Generations of Art” group exhibition at Cordoba Gallery showcases selected paintings by Youssef Kamel, Abdel-Aal Hassan, Ali Al-Ahwany, Mohamed Al-Nasser, Ayman Qadry, Mohamed Azmy and Farid Fadel.

Often described as a true Renaissance man, Farid Fadel was born in 1958 in Assuit, Upper Egypt, into a family noted for both its musicians and its doctors. He has since excelled at medicine, art and music, taking all three gifts very seriously.In art, he has had 34 solo exhibitions; in music, he has given several prominent recitals and concerts, and in medicine, he obtained his MSc and is now working at the Memorial Institute of Ophthalmology, Giza. In 1973, Fadel was awarded the Pope’s Medal and Vatican Award in an art contest that brought together 50,000 participants worldwide. In 1975, on the inauguration of his fifth exhibition, the Egyptian Parliament granted him a trip to Italy to see Renaissance art, which had a strong influence on his style. He has taken part in several group shows, both in Egypt and abroad, such as the People’s Show in Portland, Maine, USA (1982), where he displayed fifteen portraits. His 14th solo exhibition was held at the Egyptian Cultural Centre, Mayfair, London, in 1989 and his 16th show at Toledo University, Ohio, USA. In 2000, Fadel traveled with his exhibition “On Both Sides” to Ohio, Connecticut and Washington D.C.

Some of Fadel’s portraits have been used as the covers of Egyptian magazines. He completed the illustrations for a Children’s Bible with colour plates reflecting an Arab approach to the stories of the New Testament. The three volumes were published in 1991, 1993 and 1995 and were best-sellers at the Cairo International Book Fair. His interest in art theory culminated in the establishment of his “AIN” theory (Aesthetic Integrated Naturalism), which explains his particular views on a naturalistic approach to fine art in a post-modern context.

The exhibition is on until 30 April

 

 

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