Sobhy Guirguis


“My experiment gives me the feeling of individuality.” Sobhy Guirguis

SOBHY GUIRGUIS was born in 1929 and passed away in 2013 in Cairo, Egypt where he lived and worked. Influenced by his father, a renown naie player in Om Kolthoum orchestra, Guirguis first enrolled to study music and then switched to arts. He received a BFA, MFA and PhD from the faculty of Fine Arts in Cairo in 1958 and obtained a postgraduate diploma in Florence in 1964. He received the prestigious first prize for sculpture in the Alexandria Biennale for Mediterranean Countries in 1994 and the Grand Prize of the Cairo International Biennale in 1994 amongst many others.

Sobhy Guirguis leaves behind an unparalleled legacy of avant-gardism, modernity and humanity. His body of work rouses certain awe by virtue of his selflessness, naivety and indefatigable commitment to artistic creation. Sobhy Guirguis was probably the most existential Egyptian artist of the twentieth century, beside Abdel Hady el Gazzar, and the most truthful to the child within the adult. The best works of Guirguis take you to the limit of your capacity to be moved by art.