Wael Abdel Sabour

Nature in its abstract content has been a rich source of inspiration in my work. Trying to extract the essence of nature rather than to represent its superficial physical appearances, I have produced many works in which I intended to unveil what is hidden beyond the visual. When I review these works they recall instantly many dormant feelings from my memory. Feelings that is associated in my subconscious with certain places and certain people.


The dream of people of all races, religions and origins coexisting peacefully is another area of my interest. I found this dream comes true in some places one of which is Alexandria, the historical Egyptian city on the cost of the Mediterranean Sea. Alexandria is a multinational city where Greek, Italians, French and Egyptians have lived together in a perfect harmony with each other and with their city for several decades. Diversity is the main characteristic of Alexandria and i think that the usual scene of the traditional fishing boats sailing in the Mediterranean Sea offers a wonderful metaphor for such relationship.


Concerning my work processes they are very versatile. Generally I'm pretty much in favor of liberal technical practices and I personally think that the technical borders among different disciplines of art (Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, and Instillation….est.) are fading day after day. I believe that what really matters is the image as a visual cultural product not the techniques by which it has been produced.

 
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Wael A.Sabour

Born 1971 Cairo, Egypt

Education

2004 Ph.D degree in philosophy of Art, El Minia University , Egypt.

1998 M.F.A. degree, Helwan University, Egypt.

1993 B.S.A Elmenia University, Egypt

1993 Diploma of Painting, Faculty of Fine Arts, El Minia University, Egypt

Education Employment

Assistant Professor – Department of Graphic Arts, El Minia University, Egypt.

Selected Recent Solo Exhibitions

2009 Mediterranean Dream 2 show at Page bond Gallery, Richmond, VA. USA.

2008 Mediterranean Dream , a solo Exhibition at Richards Hall , UNL, USA

2003 Solo Exhibition in Eisentrager.Howard Gallery, UNL, USA

Selected International Exhibitions

2009 The Storm” at Work-An Arbor Gallery- Michigan-USA.

2009 The Imagining the Universe” at Slusser Gallery- Michigan-USA.

2009 Bridges Over the Mediterranean and The Baltic-Greec

2009 Bridges Over the Mediterranean and The Baltic-Greec

2008-2009 Meeting the other: American and Egyptian Prints-USA/Egypt

2008 Ithaca Art Bar Exhibition- NY.- USA

2007 The Egyptian invitational Exhibition- Spain

2007 Varna International Print biennial – Portugal

2007 Sanbao invitational Print Exhibition (30 selected artist from allover the world) China

2007 The Egyptian Art Exhibition in conjunction with the Egyptian cultural week in Algeria

2006 The 7th Chamalieres mini–Print triennial – France

2006 The5th Egyptian International Print triennial –Egypt

2006 The Iranian International painting biennial- Iran

2005 The 23rd Alexandria Biennial of Mediterranean countries- Egypt

2005 Primo Premio Salon Dei Giovani – Rome-Italy

2005 Verna international Print Biennial – Portugal

2005 Ljubljana International Print Biennial – Slovenia

2005 The international invitational print Exhibition – Taiwan

2005 Tokyo international mini print triennial – Japan

2005 Kochi international print triennial – Japan

2004 Triennial 100 cities- Prints from the four quarters of the globe, Poznan, poland

2004 The 17th international youth salon- Egypt

2004 Etching versus digit Exhibition - Municipal Museum in lowicz, Poland

2003 The Egyptian invitational Print Exhibition- UNL - U.S.A

2003 Cracaw international print triennial – Poland

2003 Triennial Krakau- Oldenburg , Germany

2003 Chamalieres mini–Print triennial – France

2002 The Global Matrix –international Print Exhibition-U.S.A

2000 Floren international mini – Print Exhibition – Romania

1999 The third Egyptian international Print triennial – Cairo/ Egypt

1998 Tokyo international mini Print triennial – Tokyo / Japan

1997 The international Printmaking cooperatives symposium –Alberta/Canada

1995 The 18th international independent Exhibition – Kanagawa – Japan

Selected National Exhibitions

2007 Expressions on paper- Zamalek Art Gallery- Egypt.

2007 "Sights" (5 Artists Exhibition)- Alexandria- Egypt.

2006 Stars of the day (21artist) Exhibition –Horizon Gallery-Cairo- Egypt.

2006 Alexanderian Spectrum(4 artists)Exhibition -Bibliotheca Alexandrian

2006 Artist in residence Exhibition (7 Artists) Bibliotheca Alexandrian- Egypt.

2006 Exhibition of Egyptian artist in conjunction with Indoors , Egypt.

2005 3rd national Exhibition of Graphic arts-Cairo- Egypt.

2004 4 artist Exhibition in Zamalek Art Gallery, Cairo, Egypt.

2000-2003 The National Exhibition of fine arts.

1997-2004 The annual salon of small art works.

1991-1994 Artists of Elmenia Exhibition.

1994&2004 The Egyptian salon of youth.

Selected Museum Collections

Museum of Nebraskan modern Art (MONA), Nebraska, USA.

Museum of modern Art , Cairo, Egypt.

Museum of Graphic Art , Cairo, Egypt.

Tosa Washi Museum of Printmaking Art, Kochi, Japan.

Tama Art University Museum , Tokyo, Japan.

Chung-Shan National Gallery , Taiwan.

Alexandria Bibliotheca , Alexandria , Egypt.

International Awards & Grants

Fulbright Commission Grant – VCU, USA 2008/2009.

The prize of Ithaca Art Bar contest - NY- USA 2008.

Certificate of Merit from The 7th Chamalieres mini-Print triennial - France 2006.

The Grand prize of the 16th international youth salon- Egypt - 2004. Poster design Prize of the celebration of (Egyptian/ French) future relations -1998

Poster design Prize of the second Egyptian international Print triennial -1996

Artist in residence grant from Alexandrian Bibliotheca 2005

2 year Egyptian governmental scholarship in UNL , USA , 2001-2003.

International Art Projects

Co-organizer and courtier of Meeting the other, American and Egyptian print show USA/Egypt 2008/2009.

"Hand in Hand" international project of print exchange - USA-2006.

Co-organizer and courtier of the "Open Expression" an American contemporary Print Exhibition-AUC- Egypt-2005.

Co-organizer and courtier of the Egyptian invitational Print Exhibition-UNL-USA-2003