Born in Beheira in 1984, Hady Boraey lives and works in Alexandria, Egypt. He earned a BFA (2005), an MFA (2011) and a PhD (2015) from the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Alexandria, with highest honors. Boraey has participated in over forty group exhibitions in Egypt, Italy, the UK, Switzerland and the UAE. He received the medal of appreciation from the Bibliotheca Alexandria and various awards from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Alexandria.
With a distinctive painting technique, Hady Boraey creates a poetic and dramatic world of fantasy of what could lie beyond all sorts of borders – of the earth, of one’s country or one’s imagination. He takes us on an imaginary journey and uses the unknown as a metaphor to highlight the fascination and hope of many young Egyptians to cross the borders of their own country to go settle somewhere ‘where the grass looks greener’.
Influenced by ancient Egyptian and Coptic art, Hady Boraey offers a symbolic universe inhabited by sculptural figures, birds and cats. Boxes and amulets, recurring visuals, seem to be both suffocating while at the time represent a means to protect one’s self from the surrounding world. Though his subjects seem distant and cold, they are nonetheless keen on a dialogue, to share their anxiety, their hope, and their quest for a better life.