Born in Beheira in 1984, Hady Boraey lives and works in Alexandria, Egypt. He earned a BFA (2005), an MFA (2011), and a Ph.D. (2015) from the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Alexandria, with the highest honors. He received the medal of appreciation from the Bibliotheca Alexandria and various awards from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Alexandria. Boraey has participated in over forty group exhibitions in Egypt, Italy, the UK, Switzerland, and the UAE.
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 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. Though his subjects seem distant and cold, they are nonetheless keen on dialogue to share their anxiety, hope, and the quest for a better life. Boxes and amulets, recurring visuals, seem to be both suffocating while at the time representing a means to protect oneself from the surrounding world.