Art Alert: Sayed Saad El-Din poetically ponders Egypt in new exhibition

Ahram Online , Wednesday 9 Mar 2016

The exhibition will be held at Art Talks

circles in the sand
Circles in the Sand (Photo: part of promotional material by Art Talks)

A painting exhibition by Sayed Saad El Din titled Circles in the Sand will open at Zamalek’s Art Talks gallery on 15 March.

The exhibition is a poetic meditation on the artists home country, Egypt.

Saad El-Din, as described in the exhibit’s statement depicts "Circles, wheels, hoops, ropes, spirals and balls smoothly float in the sky, gently spin on the sand, magically roll in the water, leading us towards infinity, like a prayer or a circle in the sand – a passionate metaphor to the world we live in and to a country we are so attached to.”

He explores abstract notions such as attachment and belonging, freedom and hope, turmoil and uncertainty, as well as physical characteristics in his surroundings, and the potent desert sands of Egypt.

The artist was born in 1944, and raised in Qena of Upper Egypt.

He pursued his passion for art and moved to Cairo at age 17, after being briefly enrolled in the Faculty of Engineering in Minya to please his parents.

In Cairo, Saad El-Din studied at the Leonardo Di Vinci Institute and was mentored by the modernist painter Sayed Abdel Rassoul.

In his artistic career he has received many grants, as well as local and international awards in Italy, Spain, France and many Arab countries.

Saad El-Din’s distinctive work can be seen in prominent tourist spots in Egypt, including on Luxor’s New Bridge, and at the Sharm El Sheikh International Airport.

His works were also acquired in several state collections, in Egypt including the Egyptian Modern Art Museum, the Ministry of Culture, The Egyptian Opera House and the CIB bank, as well as international collections of the Consulate of Italy in Spain, and the Bank Tchisen Manhattan in New York.

The exhibit opens on 15 March at 6pm, and runs to 10 April
Art Talks, 8 El-Kamel Mohamed Street, Zamalek, Cairo

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