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Hassan El Shark

About Hassan El Shark

47 Artworks
Hassan El Shark is a self-taught, southern Egyptian artist, who has established a solid European reputation. Born in the small village of Zawyet Sultan in Minya in 1949 as the eldest son of the village butcher, El Shark began painting as a boy using palm tree fibre, his father's wrapping paper, and mixing his own paint using spices from the local herbalist as pigment. Egyptian village life is the main theme in his paintings, featuring cats, chickens, palm trees, market stalls, fish, feluccas, moustachioed men, and women carrying large jars on their heads, as well as the ancient Khamsa palm symbol to ward off evil spirits. Discovered by German art critic Ursula Schernig, she arranged two exhibitions, one in Cairo and the other in Europe where all forty paintings were promptly sold. In addition to showing his work in Egypt and in Kuwait, Palestine, and Lebanon, he has exhibited his work in the Czech Republic, Germany, France, Switzerland, Sweden, Austria, Italy and the Netherlands. In El Shark’s principal introduction to the American continents, he was sent as a goodwill cultural diplomat of Egypt to Colombia in 2001. Though internationally recognized, El Shark prefers to remain in the village of his birth, wearing his black galabia and living the traditional life from which he draws his inspiration. See more
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