Gamal El Sagini

Born in Cairo in 1917, El Sagini studied Sculpting at the Higher School of Fine Arts in Cairo and later went to Paris at his own expense to pursue his higher studies. In 1947, he earned a scholarship to go to Rome where he received a diploma in Sculpture and Medal Arts.

El Sagini was a member of the Third Generation, which rebelled against the conventional Art styles of their predecessors. In fact, El Sagini formed the group of "Sawt El Fanan" (The Artist's Voice), where many of the young artists who believed in new artistic styles were members.

El Sagini introduced symbolism and expressionism to Egyptian Sculpture. This fact coupled with a great talent had paved the way into earning him several prestigious awards: The Gold Medal at the 1957 International Moscow Exhibition and another Gold Medal at the International Brussels Exhibition. In 1958 he was awarded First Prize in the High Council for the Support of Arts and Literature Competition for the design of a sculpture of the poet Ahmad Shawky, which currently stands in the Borghese Villa Gardens in Rome; another was also erected in the Horreya Garden in Guezira Cairo.

In 1977 El Sagini traveled to Spain for a comprehensive exhibit of his works organized by the Egyptian General Organization for Information, and his untimely passing took place in Barcelona shortly after.

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7/1/1917 – 19/11/1977
Former Head of Sculpture Department, Faculty of Fine Arts, Helwan & Alexandria Universities.


Diploma in Sculpture-Faculty of Fine Arts, Cairo1938.
Diploma in Sculpture and Medal Arts, Rome 1950.


Recipient of the “Mokhtar” Trophy for Sculpture-1937.
Recipient of the honorary title “Cavaliero” (Knight) from the Italian Government.
Recipient of Science and Art Prize from the Egyptian Government.
Recipient of the first Prize in the High Council for the Support of Arts and Literature Competition.
Recipient of Egypt’s Prestigious Award presented by Former President Gamal Abdel Nasser- 1962.
Recipient of Italy’s Medal of Honor presented by the Italian Ambassador in Egypt-1963.
Winner of Gold Medal in the Following Exhibitions:

-Alexandria Biennial Exhibition for Mediterranean Countries.
-International Moscow Exhibition.
-International Brussels Exhibition.


Venezia Biennial.
Seattle International Exhibition.
Alexandria Biennial for Mediterranean Countries.
China International Exhibition.
International Moscow Exhibition-1957.
International Brussels Exhibition-1958.
Application Art Exhibition.
European Wandering Exhibition.
Mediterranean Studies Center Exhibitions- Madrid / Barcelona, Spain, 1977.
Extra- Cairo, 1996.
Safar Khan- Cairo, 1999.


Oriental Art Museum-Moscow, Russia.
Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts-Moscow, Russia.
Beijing Museum-Beijing, China.
Villa Borghese Park-Rome, Italy.
New York Public Library-USA.