Who am I?
I am an artist and writer; born and raised in Cairo - Egypt, and currently based in Cairo. Graduated from faculty of Commerce - English department, majored in accounting from Ain Shams University - Cairo, followed by a Masters in Business Administration from Maastricht School of Management (The Netherlands) in 2007. I discovered my passion for art after a long career in banking and therefore moved to London in 2016 to study Masters in fine art - painting at University of the Arts London.
Since 2017, my works were included in a number of group exhibitions in Egypt, UK, China and India. In 2018 my works were included in the group exhibition “Contemporary Art of the Middle East” at the WetPaint Gallery, Gloucestershire- UK; which is the biggest middle eastern art exhibition ever held in the UK at the time. Also, in 2018 my piece (Cairo 1900) was selected for the Dafen International Oil Painting Biennale that was held in Shenzhen, China. Now (Cairo 1900) is among the permanent collection of Dafen Museum. In May 2020 my works were awarded the judging panel award for best artwork presented by "ThinkDesigner Art Studio" - India. In September 2020, my piece "Don't Fall Off the Cleft" was featured in Art Hole magazine - UK. And was featured in the Egyptian television and Woman of Egypt magazine
My first solo show was in July 2017 at the Egyptian Cultural and Educational Bureau in London - a magical place that was originally the recreational Palace of King Farouk, the last king of Egypt. And my second solo show was in Cairo in February 2019. My works are among public and private collections in Egypt, UK, USA and China and is amongst the permanent collection of Dafen Art Museum - Shenzhen - China. I am being represented by Janet Rady Fine Art gallery in London and Singulart of France.
I also studied neuroscience with Harvard which informed my current body of work.
What do I do?
My works are informed by neuroscience, however, they are not illustrations of the neural network, but rather an investigation into the human condition, I do this by exploring the similarities between the behaviours of the neural cells and those of mankind. Hence, my works investigate our daily lives, the daily happenings, human interactions and the experiences we go through. In my works I attempt to freeze and magnify those unnoticeable moments in time, I believe that if those moments are big enough, they can't go unnoticed. Hopefully one would lose themselves in the painting, it is a form of meditation actually.
I generally use oil as a medium, but I also play with acrylics and water colour.
My works are generally medium to large scale, however, sometimes I experiment with 3D objects and miniatures.
In addition to my art practice, I write for Edaraty and Ingaz magazines in United Arab Emirates tackling self-development and organisational excellence.
2019 - Fundamentals of Neuroscience - Harvard University - USA
2017 - Masters of Fine Art - Painting - Wimbledon College of Arts - University of the Arts London - UK
2007 - Masters of Business Administration - Maastricht School of Management - The Netherlands
Awards / Milestones
- September 2020, ( Don't Fall Off the Cleft) was featured on Art Hole Magazine - UK.
- May 2020, received the ThinkdesignerArt Studio judging panel award for best artwork presented.
- My painting (Cairo 1900) was selected for exhibition at the Dafen International Oil Painting Biennale - Shenzhen - China November 2018.
- "Cairo 1900" is now among the permanent collection of the Dafen Art Museum, Shenzhen, china.
Feb 2019 - Painting - The Egyptian Center for International Cooperation - Cairo - Egypt
Jul 2017 - And so it All Begins - The Egyptian Cultural and Educational Bureau in London - UK
Feb’21 – Spring – ThinkDesigner Art - India
SEP’20 – Noise in Online Places – a collaboration project led by our fellow artist Margarita Novikova from Montenegro, featuring various artists from Europe, Asia and Africa. NIOP took part in the "Ars Electronica" festival 2020 - Austria.
July 2020 - Walls in Online Places (vol.2) - organised by University of the Arts London - London - United Kingdom
10-17 May 2020 - Ecstacy 2020 - online exhibition by ThinkDesigner Art Studio - Jaipur (Rajasthan) - India
Feb 2019 - Dafen Art Museum - Shenzhen - China
Nov- Dec'18 - Dafen International Oil Biennale - Red Cube Public Art Gallery - Shenzhen - China
JUL 2018 - Contemporary Art of the Middle East - Wetpaint Gallery - Gloucestershire- UK
May 2018 - A Night of Fine Art & Music - Mowbray House Kensington Row - London - UK
April 2018 - The Spring Salon - El Sawy Cultural Wheel - Cairo - Egypt
Sep 2017 - Unframed - Wimbledon College of Arts - London - UK
Sep 2017 - Wimbledon Summer Show - Wimbledon College of Arts - London - UK
Jun 2017 - A Sharp Intake of Breath - Lewisham Art House - London - UK
Apr 2016 - Makamat Lawneya - The Pharaonic Village - Cairo - Egypt
September 2020 - featured in Art Hole magazine - UK
February 2019 - review by Women of Egypt magazine
November 2018 , TV interview on Nile Culture, https://youtu.be/XtnW9xxfbUQ
Sep2017, featured in Wimbledon College of Arts online magazine.
AUG 2017, Women of Egypt magazine - https://www.facebook.com/thewomenofegypt/posts/1493204494107326
Public Collection: Dafen Art Museum - Shenzhen – China
Public Collection: The Egyptian Cultural Bureau - London, UK
Private Collection: CO, USA
Private Collections: various, London, UK
Private Collections: various, Cairo, Egypt
Colour: An essay that explores colour as perceived by various disciplines of art
How Do Artists Inform their Colour Choice in Flower Paintings? An essay that explores whether artists inform their flower paintings by colour theories
Flowers & Meaning: An essay that explores what flowers signified in historical and contemporary paintings ( https://datteya.wixsite.com/daliaatteya/unit-4 )