Ahmed Morsi

While largely a prolific artist, Ahmed Morsi is moreover a brilliant linguist, a poet, translator and art and literary critic. Morsi’s visual art production is largely comprised of paintings, but also includes prints, drawings and photographs. At once figurative and wondrous, Morsi’s paintings are inhabited with figures and scenes that are as representative of real events and places as they are influenced by mythology, imagination and the subconscious. While his figures’ thick, static shapes and large eyes evoke ancient Sumerian temple statues, the paintings’ subjects, copulation and temptation, root the the works in the mundane physicality of the human body. Morsi has never given a name or a statement describing any of his pieces and leaves it up to the viewer to forge their own interpretation of his surreal gestures.