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Antara & Day Dreaming

Mostafa El-Razzaz

24 April, 2014 - 8 May, 2014

ANTARA, the icon of chivalry and early symbol of equality between master and slave, white and black. His stature remained prominent, representing an ideal in the fabric of the Arab people, and his story transformed into a heroic legend of safeguarding the weak and oppressed. Those who hear narrations about him earn psychological soothing of their suffering, deprivation and marginalization.
ANTARA broke into my paintings since the early sixties of the last century, as an expression of the spirit of the Arab Renaissance and as a symbol of the revolution coupled with nobility, equality and justice in the balance of power and peace. ANTARA has since continued to come in and out of my paintings and sculptures. He is the owner of a permanent right in my conscience and in my art, as an ethereal symbol of the values that resonate with me profoundly.
In the wake of the revolutions of January 2011 and June 2013, those values resurfaced, echoed by millions of consciences and voices, strongly amongst those were the victims and martyrs.
ANTARA emerges, in this exhibition, as the guest of honor.
I have found myself, more than ever before, getting closer to the spirit of the stereotypical ANTARA, which is fixed in the minds of the people and which has been presented by folk artists in Egypt, Syria and Tunisia. With his brightness, eccentric moustache and piercing eyes, these works of him resonate with the popular vision of the Egyptian and Arab street

About the Artist

Mostafa El-Razzaz was born in 1942 in Cairo. He is a brilliant name in the field of graphics, as he is the Egyptian artist who reached the world through graphics

El-Razzaz attended the Higher Institute of Art Education, and graduated in 1965 where he learned a lot of works of art including painting, Sculpting, Pottery, and printmaking. Later he earned a master’s degree in art education in 1972.In 1974, he continued his studies in arts and crafts at the University of Oslo. In 1979, he received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of New York, Brooklyn.

He is a member of the Cairo Atelier Group of Artists and Writers, as well as the Fine Artists Association, He is also a committee member of the Supreme Council of Culture The World Federation of Critics was founded by AICA. Previously, he was Dean of the Faculty of Specific Education for Arts and Music at Helwan University’s Faculty of Art Education. In addition to being Head of the Egyptian Society of Folk Art, he was also a Chairman of the Art Education Curriculum.

Artworks

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Oil on Canvas

70 x 100 CM

27.6 x 39.4 Inch

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Oil on Canvas

115 x 115 CM

45.3 x 45.3 Inch

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Oil on Canvas

120 x 145 CM

47.2 x 57.1 Inch

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Oil on Canvas

100 x 120 CM

39.4 x 47.2 Inch

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Oil on Canvas

98 x 68 CM

38.6 x 26.8 Inch

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Oil on Canvas

90 x 70 CM

35.4 x 27.6 Inch

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Oil on Canvas

64 x 87 CM

25.2 x 34.3 Inch

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Oil on Canvas

x 60 x 90 CM

0 x 23.6 x 35.4 Inch

Artwork Title

Painting

Oil on Canvas

60 x 90 CM

23.6 x 35.4 Inch

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Oil on Canvas

60 x 80 CM

23.6 x 31.5 Inch

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Oil on Canvas

56 x 68 CM

22 x 26.8 Inch

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Oil on Canvas

50 x 70 CM

19.7 x 27.6 Inch

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Oil on Canvas

37 x 34 CM

14.6 x 13.4 Inch

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Oil on Canvas

33 x 48 CM

13 x 18.9 Inch

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Oil on Canvas

42 x 33 CM

16.5 x 13 Inch

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Oil on Canvas

32 x 37 CM

12.6 x 14.6 Inch

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Oil on Canvas

46 x 30 CM

18.1 x 11.8 Inch

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Oil on Canvas

17 x 21 CM

6.7 x 8.3 Inch

Artwork Title

Painting

Oil on Canvas

17 x 21 CM

6.7 x 8.3 Inch

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