Ibrahim El-Dessouki

Egypt, 1969

Ibrahim El Dessouki, dubbed ‘The Architect’ for painting the columns of the temples of Luxor and Karnak was born in Cairo, Egypt in 1969. He descends from a family of artists; his father Fahmi El Dessouki and his mother Atyat Sayed are well-known, established Egyptian expressionist painters and free-thinking intellectuals who played a prominent role in influencing and shaping the artist that Ibrahim is now.
Dessouki’s painting style is defined by his unique treatment of paint, which concentrates on his ability to create subtle changes in its texture, his unusual use of negative space as well as his deft manipulation of shadow and light. While the artist’s painting genres encompass portraiture, landscape and still life, Dessouki’s subject matter is very much Egypt-centric, capturing his own unique and hypnotic perspective of the soul and the essence of Egypt.