Egyptian artist Azza Mostafa dies at 65

Ahram Online , Friday 29 Dec 2023

Famous Egyptian artist Azza Mostafa passed away in the early hours of Friday 29 December.

Azza Mostafa

Born on 6 August 1958, Mostafa graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts at Helwan University in 1983, specializing in animation and book art.

Throughout her career, she presented her works in a large number of exhibitions in countless galleries and cultural centres across Egypt.

Much of Mostafa’s works focuses on female figures. Though filling her canvas with lots of bright colors, the women in her paintings appear filled with dreamy thoughts. 

Mostafa tackled many women-related issues, from their happiness and independence to societal constraints surrounding them. As if giving voice to women, and giving them freedom through her work, the artist captured women in different life circumstances, at times stressing their relations with men, between women as friends, within the households, and the community at large.

In 2008, Mostafa’s works were displayed in a group exhibition organized on the sides of the Beijing Summer Olympics.

Her paintings are part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Egyptian Art (Cairo) and the Jeddah Gallery in Saudi Arabia. 

Several art aficionados in Egypt, France, Syria, Germany, and the USA, have her works in their private collections.

Mostafa passed away in the early hours of Friday 29 December. The cause of death has not been revealed.

Funeral prayers for the artist took place in Al-Rahman Al-Rahim Mosque on Salah Salem Road on Friday, followed by a burial at the family grave site. 

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