It is unfortunate that there isn’t a solid, easily navigated database that collects all the names of Egypt’s contemporary artists, because there are a lot of great ones out there. Of these, is Mohsen Abou El Azm.
I love his work. Spectacularly observant with excellent attention to the nuances of what makes up the Egyptian culture, these paintings are simply a joy to look at. Each ones tells a story of an event or a captures a fleeting moment in the day to day lives of the Egyptian people. Predominantly focusing on the more humble classes of the society, the paintings’ protagonists are colourful, animated and certainly authentic.
Easily compared with Norman Rockwell, whose work was hailed as the true reflection of American culture, Mohsen Abo El Azm is somewhat more caricature than his American counterpart. All his faces are stretched about an inch farther than they should be, with expressions more manic than expected. However, it is that uncanny exaggeration that makes his works charming as well as entertaining- one can almost hear the cackle of the gossiping women, the bellows of arguing men, and the bustle of the streets where the children are playing.
The artist has an impressive body of work- you can check out more of his paintings here.