Adel El Siwi

Painter

Adel El Siwi was born in 1952 in Beheira, Egypt. He is a doctor, an influential contemporary artist, and a translator.In addition to his career as a visual artist,

In addition to his career as a visual artist, El Siwi has translated numerous art historical texts into Arabic by artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and Paul Klee.Abiding by his family’s will, he enrolled in 1970 at the Faculty of Medicine at Cairo University and graduated in 1976.However, simultaneously in 1974, he attended art courses at the Faculty of Arts of the same university.In 1980, he moved to Milan, Italy, where he lived and worked for a decade before moving back to Cairo. In his intricate paintings,

El Siwi challenges the value system that gives greater worth to a physician than to a painter. He chose the human figure as a central theme to his work, a subject he had explored in and out. It is evident that El Siwi has mastered human anatomy, but more importantly, he underscores the orbiting soul around it.

His dissection process involves a sensible effort to create masks that interfere with the figurative elements. Mostly known for his monumental figures and peculiar elongated faces, El Siwi examines the strange relationship between animals and humans in most of his works. Mythological kings, famous Egyptian singers, and animals of all kinds, along with overused themes, such as a flower vase or a palm tree, are all presented by El Siwi as iconic figures, each in their own right.

His characters transform into Pharos in a private world. Though colorful, his paintings are restrained to monochromes, inspired by the Egyptian desert landscape. Equipped with an alluring luminosity, and a sensual feel. Siwi’s longitudinal figures are reminiscent of those found in paintings created by Austrian painter Gustave Klimt.

Artworks

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Mixed Media on Canvas

70 x 100 CM

27.6 x 39.4 Inch

Artwork Title

Painting

Mixed Media on Canvas

70 x 100 CM

27.6 x 39.4 Inch

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Painting

Mixed Media on paper

50 x 70 CM

19.7 x 27.6 Inch

Artwork Title

Painting

Mixed Media on paper

50 x 70 CM

19.7 x 27.6 Inch

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Painting

Oil on Canvas

50 x 70 CM

19.7 x 27.6 Inch

Artwork Title

Painting

Oil on Canvas

50 x 70 CM

19.7 x 27.6 Inch

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