Founded in March 2020, amid the first wave of the global COVID19- pandemic, Egypt International Art Fair has overcome many challenges. The first edition featured works by more than 100 artists with a total participation of around 1300 artworks by 18 participating galleries from Egypt and the MENA region.
The second edition, in February 2021, featured more than 20 galleries from across the region with a complimentary program of events, talks and studio events. Alongside the galleries was a curated section displaying established and prominent artists from Egypt and abroad.
Today, the fair announces the third edition, which will welcome more galleries than in previous years and an increase in the number of artists participating. Guests will also be welcomed on cultural tours of Cairo, with visits to all its prominent and historic destinations. Full programming will be announced later this year.
Egypt Int’l Art Fair Third Edition
Egypt International Art Fair is pleased to announce its third edition, set to take place in February 2022. Aiming to establish itself as a hub for artists, designers and creative people all over the region, Egypt International Art Fair is the first fully curated art fair in the country. The third edition will welcome participation from galleries all over the region, showcasing the work of a variety of artists. The event’s venue, Cairo’s Dusit Thani Hotel, will also host a strong programme of events, talks and panel discussions.
Participating galleries will exhibit their art in the Gallery Zone where individual booths offer an overview of the art scene in Egypt and beyond. Alongside this area, the Curated Zone will give viewers a carefully selected presentation of contemporary art placing Egyptian artists side by side with international artists.
A showcase of modern and collectible artists will be on display in the Private Collections, featuring work from an array of established collectors. The spotlight will be given to a single prominent artist in the Retrospective section.
Board of Trustees
An Egyptian artist, art critic and professor, Dr. at Faculty of fine arts Alexandria
Amal Nasr is an Egyptian painter and art critic in the field of the visual arts. She also teaches painting in the Fine Arts Department in Alexandria University. Nasr participated in over 16 local and international exhibitions, and was a jury member in multiple competitions as well, including the Youth Salon for several years. Also she is jury member of multiple prizes and art festivals.
Architect and Interior designer
Egyptian architect and interior designer, Hany Saad, has become a prominent figure in the niche field of elegant designs, luxurious finishes and visionary layouts. Renowned for his highly expressive designs marked by mixed materials and dynamic forms, he is considered a pioneer in contemporary and modern grandeur architecture styles in the region.
Today his innovative designs and experimental styles gain him notoriety among celebrities, entrepreneurial innovators, prominent aristocratic families and leading real estate developers.
Collector, curator and businesswomen. Founder of Art select.
Driven by her passion for contemporary art as a consultant, collector and curator, Kaneka founded Art Select in 2008. With her decades of worldwide experience, curating over 60 art exhibitions across four continents, and her network of global contacts in the art world, she created and established the kingdom’s first international art fair, Art Bahrain Across Borders (ArtBAB), to make Bahrain a focal point for art in the region. Since its inauguration in 2015, ArtBAB has grown exponentially and has been a commercial success with over 2.7$ million of art sales in Bahrain over the past four years.
As well as establishing forward-thinking platforms promoting the growth of art in Bahrain, Kaneka has also pioneered many initiatives and collaborations in different countries, such as the International Artists Program and Residency Unlimited, dedicated to building bridges between the wealth of local artistic talent in Bahrain and the rest of the world.
Syrian actor based in Cairo
Kinda Alloush is Syrian film and television actress. She graduated from the Syrian Higher Institute for Theatrical Arts, and studied French literature. Since then she worked in the field of filmmaking where she started her journey as an assistant director in several films, then a producer and actress. Her first acting role was in 2007 in a short film named Shaghaf (Passion).
Throughout her career, she participated in more than 15 films between Syria, Egypt, and Lebanon, such as Awlad Al-Am (The Cousins, 2009), Wahed Saheeh (A Whole One, 2012) and Hepta (2016). In Syria, she founded a production studio Damas, with the aim of supporting the making of documentary films. She directed a documentary called Fe Mahab Al-Reh (In the Wind). She was selected as a member of jury in several film festivals for different competitions: the Arab films competition in the 2012 Cairo International Film Festival, the 2012 Tropfest Arabia Short Film Festival, and the Mediterranean films competition in the 2013 Alexandria Film Festival.
Mai Abdel Salem
Founder & Managing Director at Media & More and What Women Want Magazine
May Abdel Asim looks back on 18 years of work experience of which 13 years as an entrepreneur, founding and managing the boutique creative agency Media & More as well as two respected publications, What Women Want…Magazine and The Travel Mag. With the launch of “What Women Want…Magazine” in 2006 she entered the field of media and publishing and established Mindfood Publications, and launched the only travel magazine in Egypt in 2010 named THE TRAVEL MAG.
Prominent Egyptian artist
born on Mansoura, Egypt (1953), Mohamed Abla lives and works between Cairo and Fayoum, Egypt and Walsrode, Germany. After graduating from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Alexandria (1973), Abla embarked upon a seven-year journey around Europe, where he visited museums in Spain, France, Belgium and Germany, eventually studying art, sculpture and graphics in Vienna and Zurich.
His first solo exhibition ran at the Hohmann Gallery, Hamburg, Germany (1979), followed by shows at Gallery Ewat, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands (1989); Art Hall, Örebro, Sweden (1991) and the Egyptian Academy of Rome, Italy (1991), amongst others. Later, he moved back to Egypt where he held several solo exhibitions around the country. In 1994 he won the First Prize at the Kuwait Biennial, followed by the Grand Prix at the Alexandria Biennale, Egypt in 1997. He has also participated in several international art events such as the Havana Biennial, Cuba and his work has been part of several group exhibitions at the Kunstmuseum in Bonn, Germany.
An Egyptian artists known for mosaic Assistant Lecturer in the Painting Department, Mural section since, faculty of Fine Arts – Helwan University 2000. Cairo
Mohamed Banawy, a Visual Artist and Lecturer, graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Helwan University in 2000 and holds an M.A in The Relation Between Pharaonic and African American Mural Painting (2009) as well as a PhD in Philosophy of Art (2015). Banaway currently teaches at the Painting Department, Mural Section, Faculty of Fine Arts, Helwan University and has been a teaching lecturer since 2000.
In 2018, one of Banawy’s works was featured as a model of contemporary mosaic art in Artemondo, an Italian textbook published by Emanuela Pulvirenti (paper and digital). Banawy was given several awards along the years; the Egyptian State Incentive Award in Arts (2018), the Ravenna Mosaico Internationa GAeM Award (2015) and many others.
Founder & managing Director of Egypt INT’L art fair
Mohamed Younis is a Marketing and Management consultant who has been in the field for over 15 years. Mohamed has worked alongside and consulted both international and local firms throughout his years of experience and holds an MBA degree in Marketing from ESLSCA Business School. Born and raised in Egypt, Mohamed has always wanted to cast more light on art and artists in Egypt. With the dream of promoting the culture of art in Egypt, Mohamed invested three years of experience gained from being the co-founder of Azad Art Gallery into introducing Egypt’s first art fair -Egypt International Art Fair, the very first fair of its kind in Egypt.
The idea first sparked in March 2019 and took its first shape in March 2020, introducing the fair’s first edition. With over 100 participants of artists from all around Egypt, the second edition is set to take place in February 2021.
Poet, academic researcher and critic
Parween Habib is a Bahraini poet, critic and media expert. She has overseen specialist training for Dubai Media Incorporated and helped to launch highly successful cultural dialogue programmes, the first of their kind in the Gulf. In 2011, she won the Dynamic Women Prize awarded by The George Washington University, the first international prize to be given to successful and inspiring women from around the globe. Her story was studied by students of the university on one of the world’s largest online networks.
She is the author of two critical works and three poetry collections and her poetry has been translated into seven languages. She obtained an MA (with distinction) in Literary Criticism, focusing on the poetic style of Nizar Qabbani, from Ain Shams University, Cairo, and a PhD (with distinction) in Literary Criticism: a study of the language of women’s poetry in the Gulf (2004-1975), from the Arab League University, Egypt. Her book on Techniques of Expression in the Poetry of Nizar Qabbani is part of the Arabic language curriculum at secondary school level in Bahrain.
Founder and director of Hafez Gallery
Qaswra Hafez is a cultural producer and the founder and director of Hafez Gallery, a Jeddah- based art gallery that hosts some of the most important regional Arab artists and exhibitions. Boasting over 25 years in the fields of arts and culture, Qaswra’s professional career spanned the sectors of publishing, visual arts, art collecting, and retail management.
Qaswra’s experience began in the Saudi Research and Publishing Company, the largest publishing house in the Arab World. He then entered the field of retail management in Al-Sawani Group, while simultaneously pursuing his own visual art. He discovered his passion for art collecting, amassing dozens of important artworks by renowned Arab artists. In the process, he built strong working relationships with these distinguished artists, which consequently inspired him to open Hafez Gallery in 2014.
Dedicated to Saudi and Arab art of all mediums, Hafez Gallery is home to local and regional artists. With attentive guidance, the gallery invests in forming a close, collaborative relationship with its artists, to empower and promote them, while also honing their skills and talent, no matter the breadth of their expertise. It remains a pioneering art gallery in Saudi, landing exhibitions and celebrated artists, like Mounira Mosly.
In addition to his creative leadership of Hafez Gallery, Qaswra is also committed to new ventures in arts and culture, consulting for public and private entities in the fields, both regionally and internationally.
The world today seems to be full of darkness. Wars are being waged everywhere, along with extremism and negative thoughts. What madness!
However, we mustn’t forget that at the end of every tunnel is a light that everyone must stick to searching for. The small glimmer of light may get bigger as more people try to seek it. That is why it is not only important for us to go after this glimmer of light, but also highlight it, spread it, and promote it on the widest scale possible. It is our duty to do so, and our only way to escape. Not only has Egypt been a pillar of the arts since ancient times, the world still bears witness to the greatness of this civilization and it’s eye-opening art. One could say that its only natural for Egypt to be an artistic pillar with all it’s schools of thought, styles and imprints.
Here we are at this distinguished event, extending our arms to all the values of beauty, sophistication, and tolerance.