Mohamed Abla and Egypt: A separate togetherness
Egyptian artist Mohamed Abla paints abstract sceneries of Egypt as it reflects his recent “detachment” from the country and its people.
Born in Mansoura in 1953, he joined the faculty of Arts in the University of Alexandria at the age of 20. By 1977, Abla graduated with a Bachelor degree and began his artistic and scholastic trip to Europe the following year.
In 1981, the artist studied graphics and sculpture at the Arts and Industries College in Zurich, Switzerland. He also studied graphics in Austria the following year.
Having lived seven years overseas, Abla’s professional and artistic skills broadened as he lived, studied and exhibited in various countries across Europe, such as Spain, Germany, and Austria.
“Diversity, particularly exposure to different cultures, was a great experience. No pain, no gain. I used to be deeply attached to people around me and to my country. Now, I have become a bit detached,” he said.
The artist also traveled back to Egypt, and held numerous exhibitions in Cairo, including the 1996 Biennial.
“The Nile is so charming and wild, yet it would not be so without people who are the source of my inspiration,” Abla said.
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