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Ahmed el-Shafei

Ahmed el-Shafei
Egyptian contemporary artist Ahmed El-Shafei at his solo exhibition at Nūn Art Gallery in 2020

Artist Ahmed El-Shafei was born in Alexandria in 1989. He graduated with excellence from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Alexandria University in 2011. There, he earned the master degree and the PhD. Currently, he is teaching at the College of Fine Arts of the Mansoura University. In 2015, he set the record of creating the largest underwater painting - 6 m² - in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Ahmed el-Shafei's unique artworks are inspired by Egypt's pharaonic civilisation and mirror his exceptional talent. When reviving the ancient motifs of his ancestors Ahmed experiments with new techniques, unusual materials and mesmerising colours. He gives his art pieces an unparalleled ancient appearance by using fire, charcoal, smoke and oil.

Ahmed participated in many local and international exhibitions earning several awards and appeared in a couple of magazines and newspapers.

 

Works available at Nūn Art Gallery:

From the Nūn Art Gallery "Couples" Exhibition
in March/April 2021
   

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Red God
Oil and Mixed Media
on Canvas
100 x 100 cm
9,000 EGP

   

 

From Ahmed el-Shafei's Solo Exhibition "Golden Gifts"
at Nūn Art Gallery in December 2020/January 2021

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Daughters of the Sun
Oil on Canvas
100 x 120 cm
8,000 EGP

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Royal Couple
Oil on Canvas
120 x 150 cm
SOLD

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Throne
Oil on Canvas
120 x 150 cm
15,000 EGP

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Daughter's Prayers
Oil on Canvas
120 x 150 cm
12,000 EGP

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Scarab of a Mummy
Oil on Canvas
80 x 120 cm
8,000 EGP

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Tut's Father
Oil on Canvas
120 x 150 cm
12,000 EGP

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Sky Symbols
Oil on Canvas
80 x 120 cm
8,000 EGP

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Sun Guards
Oil on Canvas
60 x 120 cm
6,000 EGP

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Green Prayers
Oil on Canvas
80 x 120 cm
8,000 EGP

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Egyptian Shapes
Oil on Canvas
80 x 120 cm
8,000 EGP

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Under the Land
Oil and Mixed Media
on Canvas, 80 x 100 cm
SOLD

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Wall Symbols
Oil on Canvas
80 x 120 cm
8,000 EGP

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Shapes at the Sky
Oil and Mixed Media
on Canvas
50 x 100 cm
6,000 EGP

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Blue Horus
Oil and Mixed Media
on Canvas
50 x 100 cm
6,000 EGP

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Peace King
Oil and Mixed Media
on Canvas
50 x 100 cm
6,000 EGP

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Red God
Oil and Mixed Media
on Canvas
100 x 100 cm
9,000 EGP

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Horizon
Oil and Mixed Media
on Canvas
50 x 100 cm
6,000 EGP

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Modern Lights
Oil and Mixed Media
on Canvas
100 x 100 cm
9,000 EGP

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Khafra
Pencil on Paper
21 x 30 cm
1,000 EGP

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Horus Falcon
Ink on Paper
21 x 15 cm
1,500 EGP

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Lotus
Pencil on Paper
18 x 25 cm
1,500 EGP

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The Great Snake
Pencil on Paper
15 x 21 cm
1,000 EGP

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The Spirit of the
Pharaoh

Pencil on Paper
18 x 20 cm
1,500 EGP

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Boards for Aten
Pencil on Paper
21 x 30 cm
1,000 EGP

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Aten
Ink on Paper
19 x 35 cm
1,200 EGP

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Ox Shadow
Ink on Paper
19 x 24 cm
SOLD

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Sunset
Ink on Paper
15 x 21 cm
1,000 EGP

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Faces of the Queen
Ink on Paper
21 x 30 cm
1,500 EGP

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Waiting
Pencil on Paper
21 x 30 cm
1,000 EGP

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The Shiny Queen
Pencil on Paper
18 x 25 cm
1,500 EGP

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Shades in the Sky
Ink on Paper
18 x 25 cm
1,000 EGP

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Eye of Horus
Pencil on Paper
21 x 30 cm
1,500 EGP

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The Mummy
Ink on Paper
21 x 30 cm
1,500 EGP

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Mud King
Pencil on Paper
21 x 35 cm
1,500 EGP

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The Marriage
Pencil on Paper
23 x 40 cm
1,500 EGP

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The Wall
Pencil on Paper
21 x 30 cm
1,000 EGP

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For God
Pencil on Paper
23 x 40 cm
1,500 EGP

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Temple Bird
Ink on Paper
14 x 18 cm
1,000 EGP

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Secret of the Stones
Pencil on Paper
18 x 25 cm
1,000 EGP

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Cleopatra
Pencil on Paper
21 x 30 cm
1,500 EGP

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Tut
Pencil on Paper
18 x 23 cm
1,000 EGP

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Dress of the King
Pencil on Paper
19 x 42 cm
1,500 EGP

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Shy Queen
Ink on Paper
19 x 35 cm
1,500 EGP

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Golden Zodiac
Ink on Paper
19 x 35 cm
1,500 EGP

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Friends of the Palace
Ink and Charcoal on Paper
20 x 35 cm
1,000 EGP

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Prayers
Ink on Paper
20 x 34 cm
1,500 EGP

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The Entrance
Pencil on Paper
21 x 30 cm
1,000 EGP

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Egyptian Night
Ink on Paper
20 x 41 cm
1,500 EGP

 

Artist Ahmed el-Shafei about his works:

"The ancient Egyptian art has reached the most abstract stages in its art summarising its shapes with lines and contrasting the colour spaces of natural colours. I am at this stage trying to merge the findings of the ancient Egyptian artist with contemporariness and modernity and with myself. Being an Egyptian artist and a natural extension of it I combined the symbolism of the circular shape (the sun disk, the deity, the universe, the life), the vertical lines that distinguished ancient Egyptian art and the curved lines that formed them to express the shape of the human body with the most contemporary colour values ​​to take the viewer to a new world. I combined the past and its originality with modernity and contemporariness." - Ahmed el-Shafei

 

From the Nūn Art Gallery Opening Exhibition
"Nūn - The Inspiration" in February 2020
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Akhnaten Family 1
Mixed Media on Canvas
120 x 150 cm
12,000 EGP

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Akhnaten Family 2
Mixed Media on Canvas
120 x 150 cm
12,000 EGP

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Akhnaten Family 3
Mixed Media on Canvas
120 x 150 cm
12,000 EGP

 

Other Works by Ahmed el-Shafei available at Nūn Art Gallery:

Ahmed el-Shafei Ahmed el-Shafei Ahmed el-Shafei

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The Queen's Mind
Oil on Canvas
50 x 70 cm
3,500 L.E

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Ox Attack
Oil on Canvas
50 x 70 cm
SOLD

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Bodies
Oil on Canvas
50 x 70 cm
3,500 L.E

Ahmed el-Shafei Ahmed el-Shafei Ahmed el-Shafei

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The Memories
Oil on Canvas
50 x 70 cm
3,500 L.E

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The Date
Oil on Canvas
70 x 50 cm
3,500 L.E

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The Cold Sun
Oil on Canvas
50 x 70 cm
3,500 L.E

Ahmed el-Shafei    

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Sky of the Universe
Oil on Canvas
100 x 70 cm
5,000 L.E

   

 

Videos:

• Short video with photos from the opening of Ahmed's solo exhibition "Golden Gifts":

• Short video with some of Ahmed's artworks:

Short video with all the available artworks

• Interactive Power Art, video directed by Muhammad el-Shafei, ©2014:

Ahmed El-Shafei Paints the largest underwater painting, video directed by
Muhammad el-Shafei, ©2015:

 

Education:

  • 2018 PhD in Fine Arts from Faculty of Fine Arts of the Alexandria University
  • 2018 International TOEFL iBT certificate
  • 2015 Master degree with distinction in the art of ancient Egyptian painting,
    Faculty of Fine Arts, Alexandria University
  • 2013 TOEFL local certificate
  • 2012 Master degree from Faculty of Fine Arts of the Alexandria University
  • 2011 Graduate from Faculty of Fine Arts of the Alexandria University
  • 2006 Graduate from Alexandria High School

 

Work Experience:

  • Instructor of painting and art anatomy, Department of Painting, Faculty of
    Fine Arts, Mansoura University

 

Memberships and Titles:

  • One of the founders of the Society of Fine Artists and Painters
  • Member of the Syndicate of Fine Artists from 2011 until now
  • Member of the Alexandria Atelier since 2013
  • Member of the Creativity Center since 2013
  • Assistant Commander of the Art Prize for Art by Dr Ahmed Nawar, for students of the Faculty of Fine Arts, Mansoura University, 2017
  • Commander of the Treasures of Heritage exhibition in Dakahlia, Mansoura
    University, 2017
  • Holder of the record in the Guinness Book of World Records 2015 for creating the largest underwater painting of the world painting The World is Under the Sea Floor (size 6 square meters) 10 meters below sea level under pressure of 2 bars and within 90 minutes
  • Member of the Supervising Committee on Student Associations, Faculty of Fine Arts, Mansoura University
  • Member of the jury for various fine arts at the First Forum for International students atEgyptian universities, 2019
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the Public Service Center of the Faculty of Fine Arts, Mansoura University, 2019-2020
  • Member of the Arbitration and Selection Committee for Students entitled to run proficiency tests at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Mansoura University for the academic year 2018-2019
  • Member of the Arbitration and Selection Committee for Students entitled to run ability tests in the Faculty of Fine Arts, Mansoura University for the academic year 2019-2020
  • Member of the Association Culturelle Illimité since 2019
  • Member of the University Library Committee, Mansoura University
  • Faculty and Leadership Development Programs at Alexandria University and Mansoura University

 

Collectables:

  • The Museum of Jewelry acquired one painting the size of 120 x 150 cm in celebration of the opening of the new Suez Canal in 2015
  • The Mansoura University bought the painting Akhenaton's Family the size of 200 x 180 cm for the Vice Chancellor's office in 2016
  • The South Sinai Governorate acquired one painting the size of 150 x 120 cm in 2017
  • The Ministry of Culture purchased two paintings the size of 60 x 80 cm in 2016

 

Ahmed el-Shafei solo exhibition
Works at Ahmed el-Shafei's solo exhibition in December 2020

 

Gifts:

  • Donation of a set of still lifes for the Faculty of Fine Arts, Mansoura University, to contribute to the education in the college

 

Scholarships:

  • Full-time scholarship from the Ministry of Culture for Fine Arts, 2016/2017

 

Local Group Exhibitions and Workshops (Selection):

  • Many exhibitions at the Information Center of Customs in Anfushi, 2006 - 2009
  • Many workshops at the Syndicate of Fine Arts 2007 - 2009
  • Exhibition for the celebration of community service and environmental affairs for rhe South Sinai Governorate, 2008
  • Some exhibitions at the Al-Tathawoq Cultural Palace in Sidi Gaber 2008 - 2009
  • International workshop in California, USA, 2009
  • Sinai exhibition, 2009
  • Spirituality Exhibition, 2010
  • Youth Salon, 2010
  • Youth Salon, 2011
  • Atelier Salon, Cairo Opera House, 2013
  • Salon of the Fine Artists Association, Alexandria Atelier, 2013
  • International Alexandria Youth Salon, 2014
  • 6 x 6 Salon in Ismailia, 2014
  • 2nd Youth Competition at the Freedom Center for Creativity, 2014
  • 54th Pioneering Competition of the Art Lovers Society, 2014
  • Young Fine Artists Forum, Alexandria, 2014
  • Honorary guest at the Ship exhibition of the funeral church in Smouha, Alexandria, 2014
  • 15th Youth Salon, 2014
  • Alexandria Youth Salon exhibition, 2015
  • Third exhibition for the Egyptian cat, 2015
  • First Youth Salon of Teressina, 2015
  • Third Youth Competition under the auspices of the Freedom and Creativity Center, 2015
  • First exhibition at the Alexandria Library, 2015
  • Honorary guest of the Fourth Ship exhibition at the Church of the Virgin, Smouha Alexandria, 2015
  • Ninth Agenda Forum, 2016
  • January 25, 2016 People's Revolution competition at the Khazma Arts Foundation, Cairo
  • January 2016 People's Revolution competition at the Hamzah Foundation for Culture and Development
  • Fourth Youth Competition under the auspices of the Freedom and Creativity Center, 2016
  • South Salon International Exhibition, 2016
  • Opening exhibition of the Anfoushi Culture Palace, 2016
  • 27th Youth Salon Exhibition, 2016
  • Exhibition of the National Council for Women at the Academy of Fine Arts, 2016
  • Faculty members exhibition of Mansoura University's Faculty of Fine Arts, Mansoura Culture Palace, 2017
  • Faculty members exhibition of Mansoura University's Faculty of Fine Arts, Mansoura, 2017
  • 57th Vanguard Exhibition at the Association of Fine Arts Lovers in Cairo, 2017
  • 28th Youth Salon Exhibition, 2017
  • Faculty members exhibition of Mansoura University's Faculty of Fine Arts, Mansoura, 2018
  • 12th Agenda Exhibition, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Aleandria, 2019
  • Inspiration from Egypt - Exhibition of the Ministry of Culture at the Hanager Center for Arts at the Misr Opera House, 2019
  • Faculty members exhibition of Mansoura University's Faculty of Fine Arts, Mansoura, 2019
  • Alexandrine exhibition at the Zamalek Gallery, Cairo, 2019
  • Exhibition at the Vermillion Art Gallery, Alexandria, 2019
  • The Difference - exhibition at the Zamalek Gallery, Cairo, 2019
  • 30th Youth Salon at the Cairo Opera House, 2019
  • Nūn - The Inspiration, Nūn Art Gallery Opening Exhibition, Luxor 2020
  • Nūn Art Gallery Summer Collection, Luxor 2020
  • 31st Youth Salon, Cairo, 2021
  • Couples - Group Exhibition, Nūn Art Gallery, Luxor, 2021
  • Nūn Art Gallery Summer Collection, Luxor 2021
  • 14th Agenda, Bibliotheca, Alexandrina, Aleandria, 2021

 

Solo Exhibitions:

  • Heartbeat - exhibition at the Creativity Center of Alexandria, 2012
  • Interactive Power - Performing art at Alexandria University Stadium
  • Live painting performance at the Freedom Center for Creativity in Alexandria, 2014
  • Performing art, Benelli, Ismailia 2014
  • Unfinished Steps exhibition at Alexandria Atelier, 2014
  • Live painting performance at the opening ceremony of the new Suez Canal at the Royal Museum of Alexandria, Alexandria, 2015
  • Abstract Relations exhibition at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Mansoura University, 2018
  • The Return of the Pharaoh exhibition at the Art Gallery in Luxor, 2019
  • Shades of Imagination exhibition, at the Zamalek Gallery, Cairo, 2019
  • Scraps of History exhibition at Alexandria University, 2020
  • Golden Gifts exhibition at the Nūn Art Gallery, Luxor, 2020

 

Ahmed El-Shafei: Royal Couple
Ahmed El-Shafei: Royal Couple

 

International Exhibitions:

  • World Modernity Exhibition in the United States of America, 2009
  • Workshop for Painting in the Mediterranean countries, 2010
  • Free Art Exhibition, Paris, 2010
  • Workshop of the Global Forum in Terrace, Greece, 2013
  • International Arab-Turkish Biennale, 2013
  • Egyptian Cat Exhibition, Brussels, Belgium, 2014
  • International Biennale of Small Pieces, 2014
  • Nasser Bin Hamad International Competition, Bahrain, 2014
  • International Small Art Biennale, Alexandria Atelier, 2014
  • Alexandria International Atelier Salon, 2015
  • 4th International South Salon, 2016
  • Nasser Bin Hamad International Competition, Bahrain, 2016
  • 5th International South Salon, 2017
  • First Youth Biennale Ostraka, 2017
  • Fourth International Forum for Painting on Walls in Burullus, 2017
  • Ostraka International Painting Festival in Sharm el-Sheikh, 2017
  • Dhi Festival for Arab Youth, 2018
  • First Fair of International Marathon. Luxor, 2018
  • Arts and Literature Pavilion of Egypt's Africa Exhibition at the Sixth International Innovation Exhibition, Cairo, 2019

 

Awards:

  • From the German International Exhibition 2010
  • First prize of the Mediterranean Artists Youth Competition 2012
  • First prize of the Youth Competition 2013
  • First prize of the 6 x 6 Salon for Performance in Ismailia 2014
  • At the Youth Salon from the CIB International Bank, 2014
  • Prize for the fourth place at the 4th exhibition at the Virgin Mary Church, Smouha, Alexandria, 2015
  • Jury Prize of the First Ostraka Youth Championship, 2017

 

TV Shows:

  • Fifth Syrian Channel in celebration of the opening of the Grand Canal of Suez, 2015
  • At Meri Anheideh on the first satellite TV channel, 2018
  • At al-Sofia Aziz at Rai or Sky satellite 3 channel, 2018

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