Tuesday, May 28, 2019

01 Painting, MIDDLE EASTERN ART, With Footnotes - 14

Walid Ebeid, b. 1970, Egypt
The immigrant
Oil on Canvas
166 H x 142 W x 4 in

"People who feel strangers in their own countries seeking for a better life in other places where they will realize that they are more strange".

Walid Ebeid was born in Cairo in 1970 and raised in Yemen during his childhood. Walid graduated with a BFA from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Helwan University, in 1992. His work has been exhibited internationally, earning him a reputation for his powerful expressive style.

The controversial and provocative paintings of Walid Ebeid range from poignant studies of the female figure to People We May Know in the Egyptian society. Tackling difficult issues like sexuality, immigration, politics and oppression, Walid brings attention to the sufferings, struggles, and hopes of humanity. His realistic oil paintings have broken a great deal of social and moral taboos and challenged different customs and traditions imposed by society, to defend women and the oppressed of all categories and social classes. 

His searches and experiments went through several phases to reach his current phase, which he calls “realistic expressionism.” His artwork resembles him closely. His art reflects reality and the changes taking place around us and mainly focus on strange things that we may quickly lose interest in, but leave a lasting impact. 

“My art is for the people. And it is why people can relate to my art as if it is their own, and why they sometimes ask me to execute certain images, believing that I can express their feelings.” More on Walid Ebeid




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