|“Egypt, Journey of an Artist” shows the viewers the magic of authentic Egypt|
|By Rana Kamaly|
|Artist Farid Fadel is more than a talented painter, he is also passionate doctor and a gifted musician, talk about multitasking. So it is only natural that his multi-layered character is reflected in his latest works, depicting the diversified, rich culture of people and places in Egypt.
His current exhibition, titled “Egypt, Journey of an Artist,” portrays interesting places and people from across Egypt, starting from Alexandria and all the way to Nuba. The exhibition, which is taking place from March 15 to 31, is held at Luxor’s Sofitel Winter Palace .
The canvas paintings are inspiring, taking the viewers on a trip across Egypt through Fadel’s eye. And with an amazing eye for details, he is able to recreate the magic of Egyptian beauty and simplicity.
“Egyptian figures are authentic and very true,” says Fadel. “I take pleasure in drawing portraits of random Egyptian people that one passes by everyday without stopping to appreciate their beauty and [their] Egyptian features.”
The opening night of the exhibition buzzed with prominent local and international figure who made their way to Luxor just to attend the opening. The crowd was surprised and delighted to see the quality and details invested in each piece. “The people in the portraits look so real, they are like a picture not just a drawing,” one visitor said. “It feels like they are looking directly to me.”
Born in 1958 in Assiut, Fadel is often dubbed the Renaissance Man for his style in painting. Although he had studied medicine, Fadel was always interested in arts, specifically painting and drawings, and had a natural gift for it. And although he took arts professionally, he never gave up his career as an eye doctor, practicing ophthalmology now at the Memorial Institute of Ophthalmology.
He has become renowned in the world of arts and has been awarded the Pope’s Medal and the Vatican Award for a contest featuring 50,000 international contestants. He held over 34 solo exhibitions around the world, in Egypt, London, and the US, among others. Many of his portraits were renowned regionally and one of his paintings was chosen as a back cover for the brochure of 1988 Nobel Prize Winner, Naguib Mahfouz.
He is also a husband and father of two daughters whom he and his wife encourage to be artistic in every way possible. “They brought us up well, and encouraged us to follow our instincts and hearts through any pass we choose in life,” says 21-year-old Dolly Fadel, his eldest daughter who obviously takes great pride in him.
If you happen to be in Luxor make sure to pass by the Sofitel Winter Palace to browse the gallery and may be own a piece of art from his collection. His collection starts at $1,000.