Lot 4, Adam Henein - Untitled - Expanding the Horizon. Modern and Contemporary Art from the Middle East and North Africa <br>16 December 2021 7pm GMT +2 - Auctions



Executed in: 1984

Medium: Pigment on papyrus

Size: 53 x 74 cm

Signed and dated lower right


Galerie Faris, Paris. Acquired from the above by the present owner.



Estimate €7,000 - €10,000


Adam Hnein was born in Cairo into a family of metalworkers. He was trained as a sculptor at the Academy of Fine Art in Cairo, from which he received his degree in 1953.

After moving to Paris in 1971, he seriously started to explore the possibilities of paint. His first Parisian works - small formats on papyrus - were composed in a symbolic, hieroglyphic language, which bore witness to his ancestral heritage. His forms became progressively more open, bold and full of reference to his sculpture by virtue of their geometric juxtaposition of earth colors, animated, by lively yet subdued tonality accentuated by the third dimension of the papyrus.

Henein is the founder and Director of the annual International Sculpture Symposium in Aswan. In fact, it is for his work in sculpture that he became recognized as an artist and considered the Godfather, of Egyptian sculpture. Henein draws on his vast international experience, while maintaining a local cachet. In both his paintings and his sculptures, he has gained recognition for the use of ancient Egyptian themes and traditional materials.



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