“Understanding our past is nothing but an understanding of our selves.” Alaa Awad
Born in Luxor, Egypt, in 1984, Alaa Awad lives and works between Cairo and Luxor. He graduated from Luxor Faculty of Fine Arts in 2004 and currently teaches in its department of mural painting.
Integrating traditional ancient Egyptian styles and themes into his work, Alaa Awad connects his country’s past to its present.
“I have always been impressed with Pharaonic art. All my murals are inspired by ancient Egyptian art, albeit with a modified and more contemporaneous feel.”
In 2011, Alaa Awad took a break from teaching and came to Tahrir Square to take part in the January 25, 2011 Revolution. Soon, he started painting murals across the Square – neo-pharaonic, bold, vibrant, defiant murals that aimed at shaking the grounds and reminding protesters of their heritage and glorious past.
“I came to support the revolution,” the artist says. “I have no other tool….art is my only weapon.”
Awad’s art is not just aimed at refuting the arguments of the extremists who wish to repress all forms of artistic expression. Rather it is a proud attempt to call attention to Egypt’s true identity.