Biennale History





Farid Fadel 1Described by some people as a true "Renaissance man," Farid Fadel was born in 1958 in Assuit, Upper Egypt, into a family noted for both its musicians and its doctors. He has since excelled at medicine, art and music, taking all three gifts very seriously.

He has held 34 solo art exhibitions, has given prominent music recitals and concerts, obtained his M.Sc. in Ophthalmology, and is presently working as a practicing eye doctor at the Memorial Institute of Ophthalmology, Giza.

In 1973, Dr. Fadel was awarded the Pope's Medal and Vatican Award. In 1975, the Egyptian Parliament awarded him a trip to Italy to see Renaissance art, which had a strong influence on his style. In 2000, Dr. Fadel traveled with his exhibition "On Both Sides" to the USA where it was displayed in Ohio, Connecticut and Washington D.C. Over the years he has taken part in numerous group and solo exhibitions around the world.

His interest in art theory culminated in the establishment of his "AIN" theory (Aesthetic Integrated Naturalism), which explains his particular views on a naturalistic approach to fine art in a post-modern context.

Farid's statement on her Donkey sculpture for the CARAVAN project:

I have given it the name "Renaissance donkey". On the one side a flying angel is barely holding on to the donkey's back while the other side becomes the backdrop of the two bored putti from Raphael's famous "Sistine Madonna". The idea is inspired by Egyptian village life where naked boys often enjoy simultaneous bathing with their donkeys and buffalos in nearby Nile water. Such water "games" occur in an atmosphere of love, laughter and close friendship.

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