Gazbia Sirry

Gazbia Sirry is considered one of the leading Egyptian artists of its modern Art history, with a colourful and exemplary career of more than 50 years.

Her vast body of artwork is rich and diversified, characterized by extraordinary versatility. It would be difficult to confine Gazbia Sirry to any one particular school, although her vivid and bold brushstrokes share features with neo-expressionism: a school of individuality and personality. With a vibrant curriculum vita, including more than 50 personal exhibitions from Paris to Washington, Venice to Sao Paolo, Kuwait to Tunis, official purchases by international museums, international prizes, scholarships and important university positions, Gazbia Sirry paints for the sheer love of art, and as her most honest manner of expressing her joys and fears. Describing her art, Mokhtar El Attar said: "Gazbia does not paint, but rather pours her soul, talent and intelligence onto the canvas".

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Gazbia Sirry

Ex- Prof. of Painting, Faculty of Art Education, Helwan University, Cairo (till1981).

Ex- Prof. of Painting, American University, Cairo (1980-1981).



Diploma Fine Arts, (5year Studies) High Institute of Art Education for Women.

Cairo 1948 and Diploma Art Education.

Cairo 1949 Post-graduate Study of painting with Marcel Gromaire.

Paris 1951; Rome, Italy 1952; Slade College.

London University, U.K 1954/55.



Prize of Rome 1952.

Honorary Prize, Venezia Biennale 1956.

Honorary Prize for Creative Painting, Cairo 1957.

Second Prize (lithography) Alexandria Biennale 1959.

First Prize (Painting) Alexandria Biennale 1963.

First Prize, Salon du Caire1960.

Fourth great Prize of International Contemporary Art, Monaco, 1968.

State Prize and Order of Sciences and Arts of First Degree, 1970.

Prize of Cairo Opera for Quadruple Tapestry Design, 1990.

State Merit Prize, 2000.



Prize of Roma Fellowship for Postgraduate studies in Italy 1952.

British Council Fellowship for Postgraduate studies, Slade College, University of London 1954/55.

State Fellowships for Creative artists, 1962-66, 1969-71.

Huntington Hartford’s Foundation, Los Angeles, U.S.A, 1965.

Deutscher Akadermischer Austauchidient, (DAAD) Berlin 1975.

Fulbright Senior Fellowship and National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington D.C., U.S.A. March-July1993.



65 One-Man-Show, 1993-2002, in Egypt, Arab Countries, Europe & North America.

Group & International Exhibitions since 1950 in Egypt & Abroad.

Group Exhibitions:

London Group, New Burlington Galleries, 1954.

Egyptian Contemporary Art, Musee Galeria, Paris, 1971.

Egypt Today, Washington D.C., Houston, Los Angeles. U.S.A., 1981.

Egyptian Contemporary Art, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, 1999.

International Exhibitions:

Biennale Venezia, 1952, 56, 58, 84.

Biennale Sao Paolo, 1953, 63.

Biennale Alexandria, 1959,61,63 & Guest of Honor to Cairo 7th International Biennale, 1998.

Also representing Egypt in the “ Right to Hope” Exhibition- on Occasion of the 50th Anniversary of UN & UNESCO – circulating in Johannesburg, Nairobi, Cairo, Amman & other Capitals, 1955/1996.

“Short Century” Exhibition of Contemporary African Art (1945-1994).

Contemporary Art Museums in Munich, Berlin Chicago, New York 2001/2002.



Modern Art Museums, Cairo and Evansville ( Indiana , U.S.A.).

National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington D.C. (U.S.A.)

Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France.

Musee D’Art, Tunis.

Non-Alignment Countries Museum, Titograd (Yugoslavia)

Fine Arts Colleges, Alexandria, Cairo & Menya.

The National Bank, Al Ahram Newspaper, American University, Opera House, Great Conference Hall, Great Cairo Library, Mubarak Giza Library, Novotel Cairo Airport Hotel, New Sheraton Giza Hotel, Sheraton Aton Hotel, Nubia…. & Private Collections in Egypt, Arab Countries, Europe, Asia, Africa, U.S.A. and Canada, Including Mme Francine Henrich Collection, Vernon, France and Gazbia Sirry Museum, Al- Shona Art Centre , Agamy , Alexandria, Egypt.

High Council for Culture, Cairo, New Building for Journalists Syndicate, Cairo.



London group. 1954/55 Egyptian Syndicates for Plastic Artists.

Societe Des Amis d’Art.

Egyptian Society for Graphic Artists.

Association of Cairo Atelier for Writers and Artists.

International Association of Art Critics (AICA).



Aime Azar: La peinture Moderne en Egypte, Cairo 1961.

Naim Attia: The Loving eye, Cairo 1976.

Encyclopedie de la Peinture, Editions Robert, Paris 1976.

Petit Larousse la Peinture, Paris 1979.

Dictionary of International Biography, Vol XVII, Cambridge U.K1981.

Who Is Who for Women, U.K,Cambridge U.K1982

Gazbia Sirry: a book published by the General Organization for Information, Cairo 1989.

Who Is Who in the Arab world, U.K

Liliane Karnouk: Contemporary Egyptian Art, American University in Cairo Press 1995.

Mokhtar Al Attar: Pioneers of Art and Frontiers of Enlightenment .Several articles in Egyptian and Foreign Newspapers & Magazines.

Gazbia Sirry : Lust for Color , The American University Press in Cairo , 230pp.,1998, 130 Color plates.Articles by eminent critics from Egypt & abroad.


Documentary Films :

National Center for Documentary Films Ministry of Culture, 1992,

Artistic life of Gazbia Sirry : Several Programs by Egyptian and Arab TV since 1982.


Internet, Many Sites Library of Congress, Washington D.C., U.S.A.