GAMAL EL SAGINI (1917-1977)
Born in Cairo in 1917, El Sagini studied Sculpting at the Higher School of Fine Arts, in Cairo and later went to Paris at his own expense to pursue his higher studies. In 1947, he earned a scholarship to go to Rome where he received a diploma in Sculpture and Medal Arts.
El Sagini was a member of the Third Generation, which rebelled against the conventional Art styles of their predecessors. In fact El Sagini formed the group of "Sawt El Fanan" -the Artist's Voice- where many of the young artists who believed in new artistic styles were members.
El Sagini introduced symbolism and expressionism to Egyptian Sculpture. This fact coupled with a great talent had paved the way into earning him several prestigious awards: the Gold Medal at the 1957 International Moscow Exhibition, another Gold Medal at the International Brussels Exhibition. In 1958 he was awarded First Prize in the High Council for the Support of Arts and Literature Competition for the design of a sculpture of the poet Ahmad Shawky. The Statue, in Bronze stands in the Borghese Gardens in Rome; another was also erected in the Horreya Garden in Guezira Cairo.
In 1977 El Sagini traveled to Spain for a comprehensive exhibit of his works organized by the Egyptian General Organization for Information. But sadly died in Barcelona the following month.