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Visual artist Gameel Shafiq dies at 78

The head of the Fine Arts Sector mourned the loss of Shafiq, a seasoned and important artist

Ahram Online , Sunday 25 Dec 2016
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Artist Gameel Shafiq (Photo: courtesy of Fine Arts Sector)
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Gameel Shafiq, an esteemed Egyptian visual artist, died on Friday 23 December in Luxor, which he was visiting for the 9th International Luxor Painting Symposium

The artist was 78, having been born in the city of Gharbeya in 1938.

Khaled Sorour, head of the Fine Arts Sector, has said in a statement mourning Shafiq, “The Egyptian visual arts scene lost one of it’s role models. [Shafiq] was always giving and dedicated to his art and his students, for nearly half a decade.”

Shafiq held a bachelor of fine arts degree in painting, and was a member of the visual arts syndicate, the journalists syndicate and the Cairo Atelier Group of Artists and Writers.

He worked as a press illustrator and was an expert at the Arab Organization of Education, Culture and Sciences (AICO) between 1979 and 1984.

Shafiq held over 20 solo exhibitions, including some in Amman and Beirut. His works can be found on display at the state collection at the Egyptian Modern Art Museum, the Ministry of Culture and the Egyptian National Bank.

He was awarded the jury prize for drawing at the 18th Alexandria International Biennale of Mediterranean Countries in 1994.

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