(Beheira, Egypt, 1952. Lives and works in Cairo, Egypt.).

Renowned for his treatment of the human figure, Adel El Siwi’s works are likewise narrative and
iconic. The erectness of his figures stems from his observations of Pharaonic art, which at heart
relies on the idea of permanence. Traces in Coptic and popular art and modern art are among
his influences, as is the local environment. His heroes, like those of Mahmoud Said and Abdel
al-Hadi al-Gazzar, possess an absence of celebration of the world and existence and are often
wrapped in an inescapable sadness. The uncompromising use of paint on paper or canvas as a
medium stems from El Siwi’s belief that the more limited the means the stronger the potential of
the expression.