in 1919, in Benisoueif,HamedOwais, one of the leading pioneer Egyptian artists,
obtained his Diploma from the InstituteofFine Arts in Cairo.
Owaiscontributed in setting up the “Group of Modern Art” in 1947, where he
reaffirmed the stand of the Group, rejecting surrealism” because it was
essentially rebellion, or an art which did not aim at the consciousness of the
people at large.” He explains.
Owais, a strong believer that revolutionary
ideology should be reflected in art, devoted himself to Cairo ambiance of
1946, as revolutionary ideas were being shaped. Eventually, his work became the
expression of his own devotion to the Revolution.
his inspiration and influence by Picasso, Matisse and the Fauves, Owaiswas also influenced by Alexandria with its
abundance of color and sunshine, which has become eventually, a main
characteristic of his work.
Owais , is the recipient of many prestigious
awards; the Guggenheim international Prize(1956) , theMediterranean Countries AlexandriaBiennial (1957,1962,1997) ,”’ Pioneer in Arts
Prize”, Plastic Arts Exhibition(1998), the State Appreciation Award in Fine
Arts(2000), to name a few.
Owais represented Egyptian Modern Art in
many exhibitions all over the world, as well as in international museums: Dresden, Berlin, Bosnan, Pushkine, and MoscowMuseums of Modern Art