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Dr. Gamal Elkheshen, is an Egyptian artist, born and raised in Cairo Egypt in 1988, In 2010, he received his BFA from the Graphic Design Department in the Faculty of Fine Arts, Zamalek, He acquired his MFA and his Ph.D. from the same university, he acquired to his Ph.D. under the thesis title "The Philosophy values of drawings in postmodernism” Gamal studies focusing on contemporary arts.
Gamal had exhibited his artwork in many international exhibitions such as he was nominated to represent Egypt at the 56th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale 56th in May 2015. Named “CAN YOU SEE?”, He shows his artwork too in lots of other international exhibitions and local as well, He had till now three solo exhibitions in Cairo, Dubai, and Berlin, gamal attend many workshops and art residencies as well, gamal artwork focuses on visual arts such as drawing, painting, digital print, engraving and Installation, Video Art.

He currently works as a lecturer at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Helwan University, Zamalek, in Cairo 



Exhibition History________________________________________

Upcoming Events 2020,
Installation "Shahnama"

Upcoming Events 2019,
Solo Exhibition " CROSS THE WORLD" opens on 11 December 2019 running till 25 December 2019, at Gezira Art Center.
  • Group Exhibition, Jeddah Art Fair, Hafez Gallery              
  • Group Exhibition  The Vanity of Earthly Achievements, Orth Contemporary, curated by Griff Williams, Tulsa Oki.
  • Group Exhibition Your Lost Shoe, or Everything that happened Since the Last Time, Gallery 16, San Francisco.
  • with (DK) and (AU) Super Bien! Projects, Berlin Germany, June 13, 2019.
  • Barcelona Residency of Art | Sarrià, Group artist project.
  • Emergent Dubai UAE. 
  •  Solo Exhibition The Dark Flowers" Dubai Art Fair. 
  • Group of Artists, Galleria La Corte Arte Contemporanea, Florence. 
   2018      
  • Video Art installation, Media Art festival, Cairo tronica, Egypt.                                
  • Luxor international symposium 2018, the 11th edition, Egypt 
  • Group Exhibition, The Egyptian Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy.
  • Group Exhibition Green Art Gallery Dubai, UAE.   
  • Art Speaker, World Youth Forum, Sharm el sheikh, Egypt
  •  Tokyo International Mini-Print Triennial, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Green Olive Arts international artist residency program, Morroco.  
     2017                    
  • Solo Exhibition "End Of Season" Gallery Misr, Cairo, Egypt. 
  • The Media Art Exhibition, Art Basel, Miami, USA.
  • Group of Artists, Galleria La Corte Arte Contemporanea,Florance.
  • Drawing exhibition, 88 Gallery, Berlin, Germany.
  • Upper Egypt Salon, Luxor, Egypt.
  • The Intentional prints Exhibition of Miami prints gallery MPG, US
    2016 
  • The International Nord Art Exhibition 2016, Büdelsdorf, Germany.
  • The Egyptian-Bulgarian exhibition at Sofia University, Bulgaria.
  • The International Symposium of Electronic and New Media Arts "Cairo-tronica".
  • Egyptian artists Show- Egyptian Embassy in Lebanon.
  • The Intentional prints Exhibition Miami, United States of America
  • Art Basel, Digital prints Conference, Hong Kong 
  • The Hidden Massage, Drawing Exhibition Art lounge, Cairo
  • The Contemporary International FBA Exhibition, London, UK. 
  • The National Graphic Exhibition, Cairo, Egypt.
  • Egyptian Artists exhibition in KSA.
  • Agenda Art Exhibition, Bib-Alex, Alexandria, Egypt.
  • The Egyptian Youth Salon, 26, The Arts Palace, Cairo, Egypt 
     2015    
  • Venice Biennale 56, Egyptian Pavilion, Venice, Italy
  • Tokyo International Mini-Print Triennial, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Upper Egypt Salon, Luxor, Egypt.
  • North-South, European Union Art Culture Event. Discovering Egypt.
  • Agenda Art Exhibition, Bib-Alex, Alexandria, Egypt.
      2014  
  • Youth Salon, The Arts Palace, Cairo Opera House, Cairo, Egypt.
  • Local arts exhibition events in Cairo.
  • Biennial of Small Graphic Form, Niklaas, Belgium.
  • Gabrovo International Biennale of Humour and Satire in the Arts, Bulgaria.

     2013
  • The BIMPE (Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition), Vancouver BC.
  • Contemporary Art Exhibition, Art Basel, Miami, USA.
  • National Biennial of Contemporary Prints, Spain.
  • International Print Biennial ROC, Shanghai.

     2012    
  • lntergraflk Triennial of Engaged Graphic Art.
  • The Icelandic Printmakers’ Association.
  • International Biennale de Aquarelle, Fabriano, Italy .
      2011
  • Seoul International Print Biennale, South Korea. International Triennial Color in Graphic Art, Turin, Italy. Local arts exhibition events in Cairo.

       2010
  • Arabian Artists Exhibitions, Tunis, Jordon, and Egypt. 
  • Local arts exhibition events in Cairo.
  • Graduation Art Exhibition, Cairo Opera House, Egypt.
                                                                                                              Prizes                            _______________________________________
-The First Prize of the Egyptian Youth salon 2017 “Installation Project” 2016
-The prize of representing the Egyptian pavilion art Venice  biennale 2015
-The second prize of the Daie Biennale, Cairo Egypt.
-The prize of the upper youth salon, Luxor Egypt.
-The second prize of the international biennale of watercolor,  Fba, Fabriano, Italy.

Artist Statement 

Expressing myself with words was never my strength; I always believed in the power of visual impressions to deliver my ideas. During my final two years as a student at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Cairo, I suddenly felt trapped in how to do mixed media with drawing and printmaking. To connect the different material together, and always had the question on my mind how to use the technology in my art,  Trying to escape that feeling, I first began experimenting with developing my technique using a computer with my art, gradually moving on to mix the computer with my art. I experimented with different materials as Robert Rauschenberg was my really art hero, as always searching for a more interesting surface to touch and feel we are in the 21st century.

When I discovered the way, my senses were enchanted. I was able to touch the details with my fingers. I no longer needed a pen to express myself and I began a new journey of artistic discovery with technology art. It set my mind and senses free to reconstruct something new and to break and rearrange its parts as quick as the ideas that jumped to my head. Using drawing and painting with the computer in my artwork awoke the child spirit in me and gave me a playful sense of joy.

In my earlier years of experimentation with drawing and painting, I mainly focused on documentations through doing Realistic works of drawings I ranked number one at these classes that make me get high rank of my Classmates, Later on, a new evolutionary period in my practice began. Then I start work on art projects after my art trips for art residency with artists are working on how to write an art project, then I start work on different projects with different material, I found in my path on writing before starting any artwork, and the ideas come from my writing might be from memory what I feel and what I can do, I was lucky in a young age 25 to represent Egypt at the Venice biennale 2015 I write the concept of the project under name can you see?! with my Colleagues And it was a hidden massage to discover the peace, the theme of the biennale was “all the future world”. And after the experiences I had in the biennale I start to think of I want to make different ideas could through it, Even though I had no idea what I would do with them at first, I was sure I would find a place for them in this world. I moved on to work on technology artwork that helped me to express my feelings faster as if creating preliminary sketches through a computer, an expression of the ideas and thoughts that spontaneously came to my mind.

My artwork is experimental and expression mental– it is mainly divided into projects, every project comes after some researches and in-depth examination of the subject matter giving each project its own concept, character, technique, and materials. The interaction between the project, the viewer and I become a priority when creating my installations in order to give the work a living spirit. I’m also working on experimenting with video art, painting and sculpture, exploring projects that could express aspects of my Artwork through movement and sound through visual solutions and language.



Qualifications



Ph.D. Fine Arts                                                                                                 2015-2019           

Helwan University
his Ph.D. under the thesis title "The Philosophy values of drawings in postmodernism

Masters in Fine Arts                                                                   2011-2013              
Helwan University.
MFA from the same university under the thesis title “Printed Artwork in Pop Art and the Effect of Advertising”.


Bachelor of Fine Arts                                                                  2005-2010                 
Helwan University, Cairo.
Art specialty field, graphic design, highest GPA, ranked number one.
                                                               

Career History
Lecturer in Design, Drawing, and printmaking                    2013 to Present                                 
Faculty of Fine Arts, Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt.
Teaching the following subjects: Design, Drawing.

Assistant Lecturer                                                            2010 - 2013
Faculty of Fine Arts , Helwan University

Check out the Linkedin profile 


www.linkedin.com/in/gamal-elkheshen-599a2a148


Social Network links:
Instagram: @gamalelkheshen
Twitter:@gelkheshenart
facebook: /elkheshenart

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