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Hossam Dirar
Hossam Dirar "Nefertiti 1" oil on canvas

2018

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* * * EXCLUSIVE * * * "Nefertiti 1" from Nefertiti series, 2018 Oil on canvas 47” x 47” inch 120 x 120 cm * * * NEFERTITI * * * “Nefertiti” is a major solo exhibition by one of the most respected figurative painters in Egypt, Hossam Dirar. The show features Dirar’s latest collection of oil paintings over large- scale canvases. This powerful collection of works is a modern take of the artist on the elegant and mysterious beauty of the Ancient Egyptian queen Nefertiti. “Nefertiti” is translated as “The Beautiful One Has Come” but the word “nefer” means more than just beauty. It can also be translated as “goodness” and “perfection”. Nefertiti would empower women to take a stand for their beliefs. She would encourage women to move out of the shadow. In this series, Dirar also attempts to challenge the modern woman’s status quo by quoting the queen’s headdress on today’s women in contemporary attire, accessories, and posture. Dirar’s vision is one of reckoning: through his work, he wishes to encourage today’s Egyptian woman to regain if only a fraction of the glory they once had in the past, same as the ancient Egyptian queen and goddess have had. His women are painted with dignity and pride, treading the line between the glorious past and the hopeful future of the Egyptian woman. His technique is impressionistic: the organized chaos of brushstrokes that appear wild and textured at close inspection yet controlled and defined from a further stance. A palette of colorful florals against shades of grey, the paintings show bursts of color in a subdued background- to mirror bursts of hope in our present mode of life. “Nefertiti” is an exciting exhibition of paintings that hope to inspire the glorification of the Egyptian woman once more. * * * ABOUT THE ARTIST * * * Hossam Dirar is an Egyptian contemporary artist based in Barcelona, Spain. He works with painting, video, sound, and installation art, to delve into questions of cultural identity, gender roles and to discuss socio-economic and political ideas. Born in Cairo, Egypt 1978 where he currently lives and works. Obtained a BA in Fine Art Faculty of Applied Arts, Helwan University, Cairo (graduated with honors, best Graduation project amongst all entries). His later studies included Graphic Design, Painting, Printmaking, Mixed Media, Product Design, Photography, Multimedia and Pottery. Exhibitions SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2018 "Nefertiti" at Zamalek Art Gallery, Cairo, Egypt ​ 2014 A Vibrant, Urbane Art Gallery, Edinburgh, Uk Beauty and the Beast Art Talks Gallery, Cairo, Egypt Awaiting, Albareh Gallery, Bahrain 2013 Lotus Revolution, (2013 European Capital of Culture), Kosice, Slovekia 2012 Once Upon a Time Cairo Opera House, Cairo, Egypt We Need New Oxygen Saad Zaghloul Cultural Center, Cairo, Egypt Lotus Revolution Anniversary The Egyptian Academy, Rome, Italy The Lotus Revolution, The Egyptian Cultural Institute, Paris, France 2011 Wad3 Moshtarak El Sawy Culturewheel, Cairo, Egypt Lotus Revolution 2011, Touring Exhibition Vienna, Bratislava, Prague, Budapest, Kecskemét, Maribor, Graz To Egypt with Love II Safarkhan Gallery, Cairo, Egypt To Egypt with Love in Vienna Palais Porcia, Vienna, Austria To Egypt with Love Safarkhan Gallery, Cairo, Egypt 2010 Chaos, Hanfaninha Gallery, Cairo, Egypt GROUP EXHIBITIONS ​ 2017 PIXELS - Cheers to Basel, Group exhibition at Laurent & Martin gallery FACES, Group Exhibition at HOMME Gallery Los Angeles, CA 2015 Olla, Installation Art The 35th Annual General Exhibition, Cairo Opera House, Cairo, Egypt 2013 Arts-Mart's Exhibition The Four Seasons Nile Plaza, Cairo, Egypt Division, Installation Art the 35th Annual General Exhibition, Cairo Opera House, Cairo, Egypt Arts for Peace and Freedom, Darb 1718 Contemporary Art Culture Centre, Cairo, Egypt 2012 The 34th Annual General Exhibition Palace of Arts, Cairo Opera House, Cairo, Egypt 36th Salon of Youth, Center of Art, Cairo, Egypt. 2011 Tutankhamun Festival The Festival of Egyptian Culture, Frankfurt, Germany Freedom to Create Photography Exhibition Cape Town, South Africa 35th Salon of Youth, Center of Art, Cairo, Egypt. ​ ​ WORKSHOPS 2014 9th international art Symposium Atelier an der Donau, Austria ​ 2013 INTERNATIONAL ARTDAYS ÖLÜDENİZ Fethiye, Turkey ​ NOMINATIONS ​ 2014 Culture Trip Online, Chosen one of the top Egyptian Contemporary Artists ​ 2013 Saatchi Gallery Online, Chosen one of the 12 artists in “Invest in Art” GRANTS 2015 Salzburg international Academy of Fine Arts Course with Artist: VARDA CAIVANO ​ RESIDENCIES 2015 Independent Residency in Zurich, Switzerland for 1 week Independent Residency in Bern, Switzerland for 1 week

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  • Artist
    Hossam Dirar (1978, Egyptian)
  • Creation Year
    2018
  • Condition
    New
  • Dimensions
    H 47 in. x W 47 in.H 119.38 cm x W 119.38 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU108513847631
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