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In Memoriam of Raouf Abdel-Meguid

Nagwa El-Ashri, Friday 13 Sep 2019
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In Memoriam of Raouf Abdel-Meguid
In Memoriam of Raouf Abdel-Meguid

“In Memoriam of Raouf Abdel-Meguid” features a rare collection of paintings by the truly iconic, award-winning late artist Raouf Abdel-Meguid (1932-1991) organised by Arcade gallery in Maadi. As a gifted expressionist, Abdel-Meguid gained a reputation for density and concentration of colour, roughness of texture and widely spacing the elements of a composition to the extent that they appear like isolated islands. Later, he focused on Islamic art, and was inspired by decorative patterns, curlicues and cylindrical designs. But he was careful not to fall into the trap of being a decorative artist.

A 1956 Faculty of Fine Arts, Helwan University graduate in 1956 with a Bachelor of Interior Design, Abdel-Meguid earned a Diploma in Art from the Academy of Art in Rome in 1959. He worked as a professor of Interior Design at the Faculty of Fine Art, Helwan University and collaborated with the late stage director and actor Karam Metawaa on stage, set and costume design for films such as Dawn of a New Day by Youssef Chahine and Love in Karnak by Ali Reda.

He received many international and national awards including National Award from Venice Biennale in 1962. His paintings can be seen at the Egyptian Museum of Modern Art in Cairo, the Arab Industrialisation Organisation, AIO, a number of five-star hotels in Cairo and by many art collectors in Egypt, Italy and the Gulf countries. 

The exhibition will remain on view until 30 September.

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