Lives and works in Cairo (again since 1985) and in Fayoum, Egypt (since 1987)

Current Works

Founder and director of Fayoum Art Center and of the first Caricature Museum in the Middle East, also in Fayoum

“The Silk Road”, Work in progress (2017)


Grand Prize, Alexandria Biennale (1997)
Artist residency, Vermont Art Center, USA (1997)
Pro Helvetia studio residency, Basel (1988)


Artist (since age 24)


Kunstgewerbeschule, short course, Zurich (1981)
Scholarship in Spain (1978)
Faculty of Fine Arts, Alexandria (1973–1978)
Primary and Secondary school, Belqas, Egypt (1958–1967)

Mother: Housewife
Father: Owner of a cheese factory
Five Brothers and Sisters
Two Children (born in 1985 and 1992)
Dream job as a child: Carpenter
Dream job as an adolescent: Artist

Historical Event

Egyptian Constitution (2013)

Egyptian Revolution (2011)

Further Information

Mohamed Abla

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Mats Staub, Sandra Gysi, Cairo, 09.05.2017