Gazbia Sirry

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Personal information

Title: 

Artist

Contact information (work)

Company name: 
Zamalek Art Gallery
Address: 
11 Brazil Street, Zamalek
City: 
Cairo
Country: 
Egypt
Phone: 
+2-02-2735-1240
Fax: 
+2-02-2735-1240

Education

Post-graduate Study of Painting with Marcel Gromaire, Paris 1951; Rome, Italy 1952; Slade College , London University, U.K 1954/55

Fine Arts Diploma, (5 year Studies) High Institute of Art Education for Women,Cairo 1948

Diploma of Art Education, Cairo 1949

Competences

Painting

Languages: 

Arabic

French

English

Jobs

Work history: 

Formerly: Professor of Painting, Faculty of Art Education, Helwan University, Cairo

Formerly: Professor of Painting, The American University in Cairo

Honorary office and memberships: 

Is a member of several associations, including:

The London group 1954/55;

The Egyptian Syndicate for Plastic Artists. Societe Des Amis d’Art; The Egyptian Society for Graphic Artists, Association of Cairo Atelier for Writers and Artists; and The International Association of Art Critics (AICA), Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA.

Productions and works: 

Has around seventy personal exhibitions to her name across the Arab World, Europe and the US

Awards

Distinctions: 

Is considered one of the most prominent Egyptian artists of the past fifty years.

Her works have been acquired by such sources as:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Modern Art Museums, Special Collection Cairo, and Alexandria, Egypt; The Art & Science Museum Evansville, Indiana; The National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington D.C.; Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris; and Musée D’Art Vivant, Tunis.

Her work has been mentioned in many references, including:

Aime Azar: La Peinture Moderne en Egypte, Cairo 1961;

Naim Attia: The Loving Eye, Cairo 1976;

Encyclopedie de la Peinture, Editions Robert, Paris 1976;

Petit Larousse la Peinture, Paris 1979;

Who Is Who for Women, U.K,Cambridge U.K, 1982;

Liliane Karnouk: Contemporary Egyptian Art, American University in Cairo Press 1995, and 2005 editions;

as well as diverse articles in newspapers and magazines, and on several television appearances.

Awards: 

Has recieved national and international recognition of her work, including:

Prize of Rome 1952;

Honorary Prize, Venezia Biennale 1956;

Honorary Prize for Creative Painting, Cairo 1957;

Second Prize (lithography) Alexandria Biennale 1959;

First Prize (Painting) Alexandria Biennale 1963;

First Prize, Salon du Caire 1960;

Fourth great Prize of International Contemporary Art, Monaco, 1968;

State Prize and Order of Sciences and Arts of First Degree, 1970.

Prize of Cairo Opera for Quadruple Tapestry Design, 1990;

and the State Merit Prize, 1999

Has been awarded several fellowships, including:

Prize of Rome Fellowship for postgraduate studies in Italy, 1952;

University of London Fellowship 1954/55;

State Fellowships for creative artists, 1962-66, 1969-71;

and Huntington Hartford’s Foundation, Los Angeles, U.S.A, 1965