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People You May Know” – Walid Ebeid- Opening reception Feb 5th

ArtTalks with the sponsorship of Absolut Egypt present on Tuesday , February 5th : Walid Ebeid – “ People You May Know “
Ebeid( 1970 ) is an Egyptian oil painter who graduated in 1992 from Cairo Faculty of Arts.
His work has been exhibited internationally since 1992, earning him a reputation for his expressive style.
The controversial and provocative artworks of Ebeid range from poignant, studies of the female figure to People We May Know in the Egyptian society; He tackles difficult issues like sexuality, immigration and oppression.
Walid Ebeid brings attention to the sufferings, struggles, and hopes of women in our society over the course of recent decades. His realistic paintings have broken a great deal of social and moral taboos and challenged different customs and traditions imposed by society, to defend women of all categories and social classes.
Ebeid doesn’t portray women as super models who have perfect bodies and outstanding outfits. Instead, he prefers to dig deeper to touch their souls and feel their pain. In his paintings, each detail tells a new story. You can see the agonized look on the faces of his painted prostitutes and feel the oppression they encounter every day.
It is no secret that women and women’s issues are one of his biggest concerns. “I myself cannot fathom the reason I hold all this empathy toward women — as if women were the reason for me being an artist.”
He listens to people as a psychiatrist in order to really feel their problems and the challenges they encounter
“The artist is a lawyer who defends any accused person when society plays the role of the judge.”
After graduating from the faculty of fine arts in 1992 with a philosophical project that portrayed love, death, and art, he decided to get closer to people’s real lives and give them a voice to express their hopes and dreams.
For Ebeid creating art is in itself an inspiration and is just as enigmatic to me as talent itself.
His searches and experiments went through several phases to reach his current phase, which he calls “realistic expressionism.”
His artwork resembles him closely. It is rendered in a state of truth because it expresses what occupies people’s minds and what they’re feeling.
His art reflects reality and the changes taking place around us and mainly focus on strange things that we quickly lose interest in but have impact the moment.
“My art is for the people. And it is why people can relate to my art as if it is their own, and why they sometimes ask me to execute certain images, believing that I can express their feelings.”

“Art usually reflects, the artist life, relations, culture , opinion , and his vision in all that ,
His soul dictates him to paint in that way with his comparative simplification, and the painting is the obedience reflection ، While I am painting, I never thinking but intensity feelings leads the painting to do it self , by my hands , Some happiness is pushing to creation but disappears towards the completion of the art work , that is why we continuously work , Artist must be honest , like who tells a dream , and this dream has to be grim like a truth .art from god for people , the artist is that bridge connecting both and relates all people with each other.”Walid Ebeid
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