Farghali Abdel Hafiz

Born in Dairout, Middle Egypt, in 1941, Farghali Abdel Hafiz is a graduate of the Institute of Art Education and the Academy of Fine Art in Florence. He was elected in 1989 as Dean of the Faculty of Art Education until 1994, and ever since he has continued to teach as a Faculty Professor.

Farghali's work is mainly rooted in his identification with his environment. His studio in Dahshour, one of the most historical sites in Egypt, provides him a sanctuary of peace and spirituality that can be seen and felt in his paintings.

Throughout his outstanding career, Farghali explored various styles and approaches to paint. His brushstrokes always typically spontaneous - sampling his own bold and daring personality- and his choice of colors is always developing and expanding. He experimented with different media such as oil, watercolour, pencils, acrylics, corn stalk, sand, mud, clay and metals. A multi-faceted and versatile artist, Farghali Abdel Hafiz's work has never ceased to beguile and excite.

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Farghali Abdel Hafiz Biography

1941    Born in Dairout, Middle Egypt.

           He received his general education in Dairout.

1958 He traveled to Cairo and joined the Institute of Art Education.

1959 He visited Syria and its monumental and artistic landmarks in Damascus,

Allepo, Latakia and Hamat.

1962 He graduated from the Institute of Art Education and obtained his Bachelor degree in Art Education.

In August that year, he became Assistant Professor in the same Institute.

He founded with four of his colleagues: Ali Nabil, Nabil Al Husseni, Al Dawakhli and Reda Zaher the Group of Five Artists.

He traveled to the old Nubia, before the Nile flooding, caused by the dam where he painted, and was very affected by its culture, as well as by its artistic and spiritual mystic.

1964 He traveled to Italy, for the first time, and stayed for one month where he visited the landmarks and the museums of Rome & Venice.

Then he traveled to England where he stayed for a month, and visited the landmarks and museums of London, Oxford and Stratford.

He traveled to Athens in Greece, for the First time, and visited Acropolis

1965 He traveled again to Italy on a governmental scholarship to study in the Academy of Fine arts in Rome for a whole school year.

1966 He was transferred to the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence until his graduation.

1967 He graduated from the Academy of Fine Art in Florence.

1968 He returned to Cairo, where he became a Professor of Art & Design in the University of Helwan.

1981 He founded with three of his colleagues: Al Nashar, Al Razzaz and Nawar the Axis Group.

1984 He created his own personal atelier in Dahshour.

1989 He was elected Dean of Faculty of Art Education until 1994 and since then he has been a Professor there.

1994 Designed stage scenes, Lighting effects for �Opera Aida�, for the Opera Prague Theatre.

Appointed as Curator of Sao Paolo Biennale, Brazil.

1996 Appointed as General Curator for the International Cairo Biennale.

1997 A book about him was published, titled �Farghali� by Al Balka art Gallery, Amman �Jordan-Khaldoon Al Dawood.

Appointed as Curator of the International Biennale of Venice for Egypt.

Another book was published for him, entitled �Excavations for Spiritual Energies,� which held an interview between him and the writer Nabil Farag.

1997 A 3rd book was published about him entitled �the Legendary of Petra,� by Al Balka�s Art Gallery �Amman �Jordan-Khaldoon Al Dawood.


The artist:

Member of the Writers and Artist atelier of Cairo.

Member in the Syndicate of Artist, where he was elected during the 80,s as a general secretary.

Member in the Plastic Shaping Committee in the higher Council of Culture from 1981 to 1997.

Member in the Association of the Friends of Fine Art in Florence, Italy.

Member in the Association of the Friends of Fine Art in Cairo, Egypt.

Was a member of the Egyptian Higher Council Administration of Aida until 1997.

Member in the Ghoury Artistic Association.

Member of Jury Committees of the Incentive State Awards.

Supervised a large number of thesis�s relative P.H.D. and Master degrees.

Gave Lectures on art in Egypt, Arab and International Artistic Movements in Egypt & abroad..



Private Exhibitions:

1963 The Group of Five Artisrs, Egypt.

1964 Akhnaton Art Gallery , Kasr El Nile , Egypt.

1965 Museum of Fine Art, Alexandria, Group of Five Artists.

1969 Akhnaton Art Gallery , Kasr El Nile , Egypt.

1972 Lo-sprone Art Gallery , Florence � Italy.

1972 International Biennial of Venice, Venice �Italy.

1973 Marscroni Art Gallery , Florence �Italy.

1973 Venti-Tre Art Gallery, Brecia-Italy.

1974 Barioni Art Gallery , Florence �Italy .

1981 Mahmoud Khalil Museum. Gezira-1St Exhibit for the Axis Group, Egypt.

1982 Egyptian Culture Center, Paris �France.

1983 Manesterly Palace Art Gallery �2nd exhibition of the Axis Group, Egypt.

1985 Sao Paolo Biennale , Barzil � One Man show.

1987 International Biennale Venice �Italy.

1989 Egyptian Academy For Arts, Rome �Italy

1993 International Biennale of Venice �Italy �One Man Show

1995 Akhnaton Art Gallery , Zamalek, Egypt.

2000 Eugenie Salon, 100 Anniversary of the Historial Old Cataract Hotel, Aswan

2000 Gezira Museum of Art � Zamalek, Egypt.

2002 Zamalek Art Gallery.Titled �Cairo�,Egypt.

2002 Muvim Museum, Valencia, Spain.

2003 Zamalek Art Gallery, Titled �Florence�,Egypt.

2003 First Biennale of Beijing- China.

2003 Zamalek Art Gallery, Titled �Alexandria�, Egypt.


Major Awards:

1963 First Prize in Pioneer�s Exhibition, Cairo.

1966 First Prize in Sculpting Salon, Cairo.

1969 Honor Certificate for the International Exhibition �Bulgaria.

1969 First Prize in Graphic at the Alexandria Biennale for Mediterranean Countries.

1976 State Prize Painting.

1976 State Prize and Order of Sciences and Arts First Degree.

1988 First Prize in Painting �International Biennale in Cairo.

Several Gold Medals and Honorary Certificates in National and

International Exhibitions.


Museums� Aquisitions:

Museum of Modern Arts, Cairo.

National Museum of Jordan, Amman.

Villaggi Contemporary Art Museum in Catania-Italy.

National Museum of Belgrade.

Museum of Egyptian Modern Art-Alexandria.

Museum of Faculty of Arts- Menia, Egypt.

Museum of Faculty of Art Education, Cairo Egypt.

Arab Fund for Development Collection, Kuwait.

Opera House Collection, Cairo, Egypt.

El Ahram Collection, Cairo, Egypt.

Conference Hall Museum of Cairo Collection, Egypt.

El Shona Collection Alexandria, Egypt.

Roma Balqaa Art Collection �Amman, Egypt.

Mahmoud Said Museum Alexandria, Egypt.

Museum of fine Arts Alexandria, Egypt.

International Bank Collection , Cairo, Egypt.

Misr Development Bank, Cairo, Egypt

Private Collection in Egypt & many other Countries.