Working in original and new techniques from traditional paper, photographic collage and on train carriages, Ismael's beautiful and elegant calligraphy has led to something of a much more street culture nature, successfully breaking the traditional mould. He explains his inspiration for so doing.
"Arab calligraphers are still imprisoned inside the walls of mosques and places of workshop, although many calligraphers have tried to develop Arabic calligraphy through their artistic work. I believe one of the reasons Latina letters and calligraphy have become so popular in Arabic-speaking and Islamic countries is due to the developed techniques and innovations used in different applications, such as electronic typography, the printing press and graphic design. Areas that basically depend on delivering a direct and interactively dazzling message to the viewer". Look on and prepare to be dazzled.
Visual Artist Calligrapher , Based in Cairo
1974 Born in Cairo
1990 1992 studied the Classic Arabic Calligraphy
1997 BA of Fine Arts Helwan University Graphics & Book Art
1998 2006 Graphic Designer in the Egyptian Television.
Freelancer Graphic Designer and Calligrapher working in many of the well known
Advertisement Agencies , and designing the Calligraphy in Al Masseer (The Destiny)
Movie of the International Director Youssef Shahin.
Art Field .. Exhibitions / Art Projects
2008 Curating the idea of the project (A Dialogue on the Railway) , and working on
the project on one of the Egyptian Railways Association trains with the Graffiti
Austrian Artist Thomas Mock, The project is a Coordination between the Austrian
Cultural Center and the Egyptian Railway Association.
2008 Group Exhibition at Al Massar Gallery, with some of the very well known Egyptian
Artists including Mohamed Abla, Khaled Hafez, Adel El Siwi, Nermin Hamam and
others. Al Massar Gallery opened recently as one of the Contemporary Art Spaces in
2008 International Ancient Cairo Symposium , with Contemporary Egyptian and
Arab Artists .
2007 Private Exhibition, Kebab Gallery, Abu Dhabi, UAE
2007 Private Exhibition, Cairo Atelier, On the Poem of Al Hallag, The Sufian
2007 Season Premiere (P), Falaki Gallery, American University in Cairo,
a gathering show with some well known Egyptian and American Artists .
2006 Al Borda, El Ministrly Palace, Geographical Manuscripts with the Visual
and photographer Hamdy Reda .
Summarized Bio Updated 25th of November 2008