Riham ElSadany


Born in Cairo in 1978 , Riham Elsadany works and lives between Egypt and the USA.

Elsadany hold a PhD from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Helwan, in Performance Art. A painter, sculptor and multi-media artist, Elsadany draws on a diverse range of movements and techniques, such as Surrealism, Picasso’s childlike spontaneity, and Frida Kahlo’s depiction of pain.

Elsadany indulges into a world of dramatic fantasy, masterly vacillating between the visible and the invisible of the complex human psyche. When looking at Elsadany’s body of work, one wonders whether she is painting her dreams and fears, or whether she is simply painting our own reality as it really is and as she sees it.

The women in Elsadany’s work are the heroes. Though mostly bulky and muscular, they are tender, romantic and sensual. It is however the set up, rich in optical illusions and superimposed elements, that takes us on a medley of the real and the imagined; the disturbing and the comforting; the known that we recognize and the unconscious that we try to escape from.