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Surrealist Fantasy

Walid Aouni

7 February, 2024 - 22 February, 2024

 

 

 

The miracle of Walid Aouni. He is a comprehensive expressive artist. He is a dancer, choreographer, and theater director, a painter and a musician. Aouni entered the heart of the Egyptian theatrical and artistic movement, breaking the closed circles, breaking the organized hierarchy, revolting against stereotyped awareness, and making expression in the language of the body on the theatrical level a gateway to purifying the self and understanding the soul. However, the hidden side of Walid Aouni is that he is a painter with a unique style. He draws spaces in the same rejecting context that we knew him on stage. It is difficult to classify him within the framework of a trend or current in art, but even though he is a professional artist, he gives unparalleled respect and loyalty to the spontaneous contemplative ability, and he intends to dive into the artistic self until he touches it, not because that root is the summary of what he was born with but rather because it is the raw material for the action of instinct. We can see Walid Aouni as a symbolic, metaphysical, and surrealist artist, but that will still not be enough, that is, for him to mortgage himself for those moments. “Automatism,” which brings the stream of the unconscious into the space of the soul, He paints as if he were under a controlling will, and even as if he were a per formative mediator for the ferment of the unconscious. When he leaves the space of drawing, this is an indication that he has just returned to the “daily” and to the state of wakefulness.

-Ahmed Fouad Selim

About the Artist

Walid Aouni, a renowned modern dance choreographer and director, began his career in Belgium in the 1980s. He studied Graphic Arts and Fine Arts at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels. Aouni founded his first dance theatre group, Tanit Dance Theatre, in 1980 and gained recognition for his innovative choreography in Belgium.

During his career, Aouni collaborated with acclaimed choreographer Maurice Bejart for nine years and worked as a scenographer. In 1990, he visited Egypt with Bejart and later, in 1993, was invited by the former Egyptian Minister of Culture, Farouk Hosny, to establish the first modern dance group at the Cairo Opera House, the first of its kind in the Arab world.

From 1993 to 2011, Aouni directed over 25 shows for the Egyptian Modern Dance company at the Cairo Opera House. He also created numerous celebratory ceremonies for the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Armed Forces, and national events, including the opening ceremony of the restored Sphinx in 2012 and the opening of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

Aouni’s contributions to the arts have been recognized with various awards and honors, including the Knight Medal of Honour from the Lebanese government in 1992, the Shield of Egyptian Armed Forces in 1995 and 2002, and the French knight of “Arts and Letters” Medal of Honour in 2002. He has collaborated with notable figures in show business and cinema, both locally and internationally.

In addition to his artistic endeavors, Aouni has established the Egyptian Modern Dance Theatre group, the Modern Dance School, and the International Annual Festival for Modern Dance, held in Egypt and abroad. He currently serves as the Artistic Director of the “Forsan El Shark” traditional group.

Artworks

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Painting

Mixed Media on Canvas

80 x 80 CM

31.5 x 31.5 Inch

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Painting

Acrylic on Canvas

81 x 79 CM

31.9 x 31.1 Inch

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Painting

Mixed Media on Canvas

72 x 60 CM

28.3 x 23.6 Inch

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Painting

Watercolor on Paper

27 x 36 CM

10.6 x 14.2 Inch

Artwork Title

Painting

Watercolor on Paper

27 x 36 CM

10.6 x 14.2 Inch

Artwork Title

Painting

Watercolor on Paper

27 x 36 CM

10.6 x 14.2 Inch

Artwork Title

Painting

Watercolor on Paper

27 x 36 CM

10.6 x 14.2 Inch

Artwork Title

Painting

Watercolor on Paper

27 x 36 CM

10.6 x 14.2 Inch

Artwork Title

Painting

Watercolor on Paper

27 x 36 CM

10.6 x 14.2 Inch

Artwork Title

Painting

Watercolor on Paper

27 x 36 CM

10.6 x 14.2 Inch

Artwork Title

Painting

Watercolor on Paper

27 x 36 CM

10.6 x 14.2 Inch

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Drawing

Mixed Media on paper

19 x 13 CM

7.5 x 5.1 Inch

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Drawing

Mixed Media on paper

19 x 13 CM

7.5 x 5.1 Inch

Artwork Title

Drawing

Mixed Media on paper

19 x 13 CM

7.5 x 5.1 Inch

Artwork Title

Drawing

Mixed Media on paper

19 x 13 CM

7.5 x 5.1 Inch

Artwork Title

Drawing

Mixed Media on paper

19 x 13 CM

7.5 x 5.1 Inch

Artwork Title

Drawing

Mixed Media on paper

19 x 13 CM

7.5 x 5.1 Inch

Artwork Title

Drawing

Mixed Media on paper

19 x 13 CM

7.5 x 5.1 Inch

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Drawing

Mixed Media on paper

19 x 13 CM

7.5 x 5.1 Inch

Artwork Title

Drawing

Mixed Media on paper

19 x 13 CM

7.5 x 5.1 Inch

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Drawing

Pastel on paper

20 x 30 CM

7.9 x 11.8 Inch

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Drawing

Pastel on paper

20 x 30 CM

7.9 x 11.8 Inch

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Drawing

Pastel on paper

20 x 30 CM

7.9 x 11.8 Inch

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Drawing

Pastel on paper

20 x 30 CM

7.9 x 11.8 Inch

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Drawing

Pastel on paper

20 x 30 CM

7.9 x 11.8 Inch

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Drawing

Pastel on paper

20 x 30 CM

7.9 x 11.8 Inch

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Drawing

Pastel on paper

20 x 30 CM

7.9 x 11.8 Inch

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Drawing

Pastel on paper

20 x 30 CM

7.9 x 11.8 Inch

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Drawing

Mixed Media on paper

16 x 10 CM

6.3 x 3.9 Inch

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Drawing

Mixed Media on paper

16 x 10 CM

6.3 x 3.9 Inch

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Drawing

Mixed Media on paper

16 x 10 CM

6.3 x 3.9 Inch

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Drawing

Mixed Media on paper

20 x 15 CM

7.9 x 5.9 Inch

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Drawing

Mixed Media on paper

20 x 15 CM

7.9 x 5.9 Inch

Artwork Title

Drawing

Mixed Media on paper

20 x 15 CM

7.9 x 5.9 Inch

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Sculpture

Wood

20 x 25 x 13 CM

7.9 x 9.8 x 5.1 Inch

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Mixed Media

28 x 15 x 15 CM

11 x 5.9 x 5.9 Inch

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Sculpture

Mixed Media on Cartoon

15 x 25 x 6 CM

5.9 x 9.8 x 2.4 Inch

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Sculpture

Cartoon & Soap

59 x 29 x 21 CM

23.2 x 11.4 x 8.3 Inch

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