Sprouting from the Derivations of Egypt
Grown in mainstream Egyptian neighbourhoods. Lived with nostalgic and modern reformers. Influenced by conventional Egyptian lifestyle. Dedicated to Patriotism and devotion. Paints the bygone, the contemporary and the outlook
This is Magdy El-Banna aka "Arafaat", 1952 -
Egypt rose up against a national revolution against the British and occupation that ate green and dry and squandered Egypt's internal and external riches that suppressed freedom of expression & creativity where it restricted. Arafaat was born one year after the Egyptian revolution and is considered one of the generation of revolution who rid Egypt of that brutal colonialism. After the Egyptian revolution, the status has changed and transformed belonging to Nationalists that emerged the arrival of President Gamal Abdel Nasser to power the then appeared sharply Egyptian man's ability to stand up valiantly and courageously against the forces of external colonialism for the wealth and bounties of Egypt And for example, and is not limited to: the naval course of the Suez Canal, which links the navigation between the East and the West, and provides 40% of fuel used in the shipping price.
Despite Arafaat's young age, the events of the brutal tripartite aggression against Egypt in 1956 stuck to his memory and saw the emergence of his childhood of the Egyptian societal movement to confront the aggression. Arafaat could not forget that mental image related to patriotism and the defense of the homeland because the father was a valiant officer of the Egyptian Armed Forces within a pure Egyptian environment in a pure Egyptian folk neighbourhood , Hadayek El-Kobba. Many historians consider the Hadayek El-Kobba area as a witness to Egyptian societal change after the Egyptian revolution, because the King's Palace was located in the first Hadayek El-Kobba area that contained the King's Palace and King Street, which was dedicated to the Royal procession and was also adjacent to the HQ of Ministry of War (Defense, now) and that sparked the Egyptian revolution in 1952. The social impact enormously reflected on childhood of Arafaat and the change of Hadayek El-Kobba area of orchards green gradually to areas full of adjacent buildings and contiguous by the high population density of the Egyptian families that formed the lifestyle of an average warm style coupled with streets of large cities that contains various facilities of civil life such as public transportation, shops, universities, sports clubs ... etc.
Many historians consider the Hadayek El-Kobba area as a witness to Egyptian societal change after the Egyptian revolution
The people around Arafaat observed a promising start to the skill and hobby of drawing and art, as family and friends began to rally around his paintings and artworks despite his young age. The late actor Naguib Al-Rihani donated his home located in the ancient Hadayek El-Kobba area to the Egyptian Ministry of Culture and was transformed into a "cultural palace" that enables young practitioners of various types of arts to learn for free and cultivate artistic talents through workshops and learning attended by huge numbers of Egyptian youth that positively affects hidden talents, expressive perspectives, and enriches the whole intellectual experience . Arafaat was not satisfied being a young practitioner, but more convinced by his artistic talent enabled him to organize and coordinate artistic workshops between the walls of many cultural palaces scattered throughout the Governorates and neighborhoods in Egypt, which formed fertile soil for the maturity of cultural awareness among young people in the post-Egyptian revolution period. At that young age, Arafaat participated in exhibitions held in various cultural palaces with distinctive paintings that reflected the early artistic talent of arts.
Arafaat has chosen to study academic art on any other field to complete the study when he joined the Faculty of Fine Arts in Graphic Department in 1972 and increased Arafaat 's technical expertise and creative because of a combination of technical experiments expressive of various students and professors, and especially faculty distinctive technical school members which was represented by Professor Ahmed Nawar, and it is simply that " drawing represents a dive into the artist’s mind inside life and its different experiences." Arafaat became a brilliant student at the Faculty of Fine Arts until they chose him Arafaat to participate with two of his artwork paintings at the 1973 Damascus International Art Gallery, an era that witnessed the climax of military and diplomatic cooperation and coordination between Egypt and Syria in response to the brutal Israeli aggression on the Eastern border of Egypt and the Suez Canal. Arafaat yet could not be forgetting to the events of the tripartite aggression in 1956 and the aggression in 1967, Israel has increased the depth of National restraint in order to keep the Egyptian soil intact without prejudice.
Drawing represents a dive into the artist’s mind inside life and its different experiences
After the overwhelming Egyptian victory that defeated the arrogant Israeli aggression, the great Egyptian people - especially the young people - regained the characteristic of prestige and pride that was shaken a little by the aggression that was totally defeated by the great Egyptian Armed Forces and the sophistication of its military leaders who were able to defeat the Israeli dream where Egypt has established sovereignty for airfield, land and sea to protect the Egyptian borders. The Egyptian people opened up to the world after the historic victory in the war 1973 in order to spread the greatness of morality and personal metal authentic Egyptian which enjoys strong patience and the ability to overcome difficulties and problems.
In showcasing this modern Egyptian openness to the outside world, Arafaat traveled to Italy, which is considered a prestigious center for many arts schools, and from which dozens of artists who stamped a clear imprint remain until our contemporary time. Arafaat joined the Egyptian Academy of Arts in the Capital Rome where he participated in many exhibitions until the completion of post-graduate studies in 1980. In that time, Arafaat used to frequent the beaches of Rimini and Bulgaria to practice plastic art on the beaches, which I perform with his feather with freedom , passion and expression.
Arafaat held many private exhibitions outside Egypt and participated in most of the domestic public exhibitions. Arafaat sought to participate in art exhibitions until his distinguished artistic paintings shined in the Sixth Exhibition of Arts in the Cultural Complex of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates with an important period in the history of the Emirates in the cradle of its civilization, artistic, and cultural development after the union of the various Emirates and the emergence of a specific direction under the leadership rationalization of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
Arafaat joined the Egyptian Academy of Arts in the capital, Rome, and participated in many exhibitions until the completion of graduate studies in 1980
Arafaat could not stay away from the soil, air and Egypt's unique environment that carries the fragrance of history, contemporary spirit and vision of the future, especially after the Egyptian pioneering media openness by launching the Egyptian satellite Nilesat, which wrote the Egyptian sovereignty over the arts and culture in the Middle East and Africa to support its usual pioneering position in planning the technical vision for the whole region. Arafaat returned to Egypt in 1997, and like other Egyptian people participated in the economic and commercial development of the country during a period that witnessed the entry of the Internet to Egypt and the penetration of Egyptian society into the era of globalization, which simplified the ease of commercial exchange between countries around the world.
The predominant artistic and expressive side overcame Arafaat's original Egyptian national character, so he decided to return once again to devote himself to art and Egyptian artistic life, which reflects the rapid reflection of the lifestyle affected by the frequent exchange of information via the Internet and Nilesat. Among the moral qualities of the Egyptian citizen is the recognition and restitution of those who did a favor, and from this standpoint, Arafaat established a center for the teaching of plastic arts in a private service association to give lectures of arts for the gifted and those with inspiring technical skills until the buried artistic energies of Egyptian youth are revealed. Arafaat has also delivered technical arts lectures in Egyptian schools in coordination with the Ministry of Education and the Egyptian Education.
Among the moral qualities of the Egyptian citizen is the recognition and restitution of those who did a favor
Arafaat was positively influenced by the different environments in which he lived and lived since his early childhood in the Hadayek El-Kobba and his travel to postgraduate studies in Italy and exhibitions he held outside and inside Egypt, so he broke his mind to launch the initiative (Street Gallery for Fine Arts), that pioneering idea that presented the work of creative youth to different The social classes of the Egyptian people are comfortably , proudly and in a simple and easy way.
At one point in his artistic life (before joining the Faculty of Fine Arts), Arafaat was influenced by the prominent Egyptian artist Salah Taher, one of the most famous artists in Egypt (1911 - 2007). At the beginning, artist Salah Taher represented an embodiment of the realism school in art, then he soon moved to the abstract school, but Arafaat did not completely abandon the realism school. In many of his paintings and works, Salah Taher tried to mix between the two schools, the result of which was a stage in his life called the intermediate abstract stage, as well as Salah Taher painted many portraits and remained in artworks until a late stage of his artistic life.
After joining the Faculty of Fine Arts in Cairo, Arafaat has discovered his passion for pencil drawing and the school was rooted in the expressive abstract, especially after watching and undertaking the painting "Heaven and Hell" by Professor Ahmed Nawar, which remained from the collection of the Faculty of Fine Arts and its permanent exhibition. Arafaat was influenced by Italian culture and the ancient Italian art represented by artists Michelangelo and Raphael, during his studies in graduate studies in Rome. Arafaat's craze for ancient Italian art did not stop, but his interest in mural art developed.
Arafaat was influenced by the Egyptian artist Salah Taher, one of the most famous artists in Egypt (1911 - 2007)
Critics consider that the most important work of the artist Arafaat follows the figurative abstract school that involves stripping everything that surrounds us from his reality, and reformulating it with a new artistic vision in it that reflects the Arafaat sense of color, movement and imagination. The impressionism school represents a large number of Araafat paintings in various stages of his artistic life, as a result of the 19th century French school, which was a great break from the tradition in European painting, where the influencers incorporated new scientific research into color physics to achieve a more accurate representation of color. The impressionism school reflected on the appearance of Arafaat paintings by applying colors with small touches of pure color instead of broader strikes, and painting from the doors to capture a special impression of colors and light, and the result was an affirmation of the artist Arafat’s perception of the subject himself in his expressive manner.
The Egyptian painter, Arafaat, highlights the most important stages of his artistic life, which was reflected on his feathers through his resistance to religious rule and the perpetrators of the Egyptian culture, "The terrorist Brotherhood", through the resistance of the sponsors of terrorism in the beloved land of Sinai and their financiers in Turkey and Qatar.
After joining the Faculty of Fine Arts in Cairo, Arafaat has discovered his passion for pencil drawing and the school was rooted in the expressive abstract
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