Sunday,24 February, 2019
Current issue | Issue 1402, (19 - 25 July 2018)
Sunday,24 February, 2019
Issue 1402, (19 - 25 July 2018)

Ahram Weekly

Saleh Reda

More on Zamalek Art gallery’s “Masterpieces XVII Summer Collective” group exhibition, an exclusive collection of paintings and sculptures by its most prominent artists as well as young talents: this week’s focus is on the art of one of the show’s guests of honour Saleh Reda.

A master sculptor and painter, Reda, who passed away last March, had a career that lasted over 50 years.

Reda said, “Painting and sculpture differ only in their linguistic approach; meanings are constant and only the form is altered. I decided to merge the two forms of painting and sculpture in order to come up with a new approach to expression.”

Indeed, his work, which starting in the 1960s marked a distinct departure from the then prevalent folk-based art, presents exciting combinations of sculpture and painting, integrating the two forms as well as pottery and engraving in many formats and using a variety of materials ranging from ceramic to copper, wood and leather.  

Born in Cairo in 1932, Reda studied painting and pottery in Egypt, Czechoslovakia, and the UK before settling down to a teaching career in Cairo. He was the head of the Applied Artists Syndicate from 1978 to 1987. He gave dozens of solo exhibitions in Cairo, Alexandria, Beirut, Kuwait and London, winning first prize for sculpture at the 1966 Alexandria Biennale, first prize for sculpture at the 1968 Alexandria-Mediterranean Biennale, and a Fine Arts Festival prize for his sculpture, The Martyr in Baghdad in 1987.

His work is collected at the Museum of Modern Art in Cairo and the National Museum in Kuwait, and his outdoor sculptures can be seen across Cairo. They include a bronze piece at the Abdel-Nasser Metro Station and an 18-metre-tall obelisk on the banks of the Nile across from the National Bank.

The exhibition is on until 31August.


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