Mohamed Taman


Mohamed Taman spent close to twenty years to invent a technical process that he dubs “Tamanism”. Characterized by layers of colours and materials which Taman forms by hand, the unconventional process involves many petroleum derivatives and oil oxides, to create works based on chemical reactions. Using petroleum solvents to agitate the process, heat to provide flexibility, and low temperature to dry, Tamam uses the critical time between heat and cold to control and experiment with lines, shapes and liquid colours on the surface of the wooden canvas. The result is an intended blurry view that challenges first impressions and incites the viewer to question what they see, hear, and read. What appears to be definite from afar, when examined close-up, is multi-dimensional and intricate.

Born in the city of Tanta (Gharbiya governorate) in 1976, Mohamed Taman graduated with a BFA in 1998 and completed a Master’s degree in Digital Arts at the Faculty of Arts Education, University of Helwan, in 2004.  In 2001, he was awarded the Third Prize at the 11th Youth Salon and in 2002, he earned the First Prize at the 12th Youth Salon, both held by the Egyptian Ministry of Culture. In 2008, Taman enrolled at the Université Lumière Lyon in France and in 2009, he went on an Artist in Residency at one of the most important institutions for young art in Switzerland, the KunstHalle, Sankt Gallen, to work on a site-specific project. Since, he has exhibited in Egypt, Europe and the Gulf.