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Adam Henein











Adam Henein


Adam Henein in Cairo in 1929. He received his Diploma from the Academy of Fine Art, in Cairo, in 1953.



Henein quickly found fame as a sculptor first in Cairo then in the Middle East.

He received Luxor Prize in sculpture from 1954-56. After moving to Paris in 1971, he seriously started to explore the possibilities of paint. His first Parisian works (small formats on papyrus) were composed in a symbolic, hieroglyphic language, which bore witness to his ancestral heritage. His forms became progressively more open, bold and full of reference to his sculpture by virtue of their geometric juxtaposition of earth colors, animated, by lively yet subdued tonality accentuated by the third dimension of the papyrus.

Henein is the founder and Director of the annual International Sculpture Symposium in Aswan, the position for which he is known internationally. In fact, it is for his work in sculpture that he became recognized as an artist and considered the Godfather, of Egyptian sculpture.

Henein draws on his vast international experience, while maintaining a local cachet. Pyramids, pharaonic kings and sections of hieroglyphs appear in his work , reminding us constantly of Henein's Egyptian identity.

Adam Henein was born into a family of metalworkers in Cairo in 1929. He was trained as a sculptor at the Academy of Fine Art in Cairo, from which he received his degree in 1953.


Henein became known as a sculptor in the 1950s; he received Luxor Prize in 1954-56, and his work was shown in Cairo, Alexandria, and Munich by the end of that decade. When he moved to Paris in 1971, Henein began to explore painting. In both his paintings and his sculptures, he has gained recognition for the use of ancient Egyptian themes and traditional materials.


From 1989 to 1998 Henein headed the design team involved in the restoration of the Great Sphinx at Giza, drawing on his experience as a sculptor to determine how the monument was originally carved. In 1998 he was decorated for his service by the Egyptian government. He is the founder and director of the annual international sculpture symposium in Aswan, and the position, for which he is known internationally, has been a major activity of the past four years. Henein has had one-person exhibitions in Alexandria, Amsterdam, Cairo London, Nantes, Paris, and Rome .He has participated in-group exhibitions in Cairo, Munich, Calais Casablanca, Dakar, Ljubljana, Naples, Sorrento, and Spoleto.


His commissioned works are in public buildings in Egypt, Italy and Saudi Arabia.
















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