Lives and works in Ard El Lewa, Cairo (since 1972)

Current Works as Visual Artist/Photographer

For your safety, Espace Libre, Biel (2016)

“Obscura tent”, Sharjah, Emirates; Kaiserlautern, Germany; tour in progress (since 2016)

Current Works as Curator

Artellewa, Art space for independent contemporary art, Ard El Lewa (since 2007)

“Da-Hena–The Egyptian coincidence & the Swiss connection”, Progr, Bern (2008)


Espace Libre, Biel (2016)
Centre d'Art i Natura, Berenice mountains, Spain (2009)
Cairo – Oslo 30°, Norway (2008)
Fabrik, Burgdorf, Switzerland (2008)

Pro Helvetia studio residency, Villa Streuli, Winterthur (2006)

Various grants for Artellewa art space and its projects (since 2007)
Youth Salon Award, Cairo (2007)
First Winner in the Arab world for e-card competition, Goethe institute (2006)
2nd prize, VIPC — Vince international photography competition, Vince (2005)


Artist (since childhood)

Historical Event

Egyptian Revolution (2011) / Fouding Artellewa (2007) / Damage of Abu El Ela Bridge (1996) / Cairo earthquake (9.11.1992)

First Works

“Dialogue”, with the photographer Hany El-Gowaly, Cairo (2003)
“Donations for Ramadan”, Ahmed Shawki Museum, Cairo (2001)
“Telepathy”, Gallery of Faculty of Fine Arts, Helwan University, Cairo (1999)
Fine Arts Fans association annual exhibition, Cairo (1998)


Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Painting, University of Helwann (1992–1997)

Primary and Secondary school, Giza

Mother: Engineer
Father: Human Ressources Engineer
Three Brothers: Maths teacher; Accountant; IT

Dream job as a child: Artist

Further Information

Sandra Gysi, Cairo, 16.10.2017