Farouk Hosny was born in Alexandria in 1942. He studied for five years
at the city's Academy of Fine Arts, from which he graduated in 1964.
He then worked as the Director of El- Anfoushy
Culture Palace, during which time he painted landscapes and seascapes depicting
Alexandria. In the late 1960s, while he was on
a trip to France, Hosny
began painting abstractions.
to 1978 he lived in Paris, where he served as Director of the Egyptian Culture Center. During that period, in 1971, Hosny was awarded the National Prize of the Cagnes-sur-Mer Festival in Southern France.
In 1979, after a short stay in Cairo, Hosny
moved to Rome as Vice Director and then Director of the Egyptian Academy in Rome. He continued to paint and received
positive attention from Italian cities when his work was shown on several
occasions in private and public spaces.
In 1987 he returned to Cairo when he was appointed to the
position of Minister of Culture.
Hosny has exhibited widely in Europe and in the Middle East, including the Two Worlds Festival
in Spoleto in 1985, the Citadel in Naples 1986, the National Museum in Bahrain in 1992, the UNESCO Organization in
Paris for the fiftieth anniversary of
UNESCO in 1995, Rowshan Art Hall in Jeddah in 1995,
Le CaRROUSEL Du Louvre in Paris in 1997-98.
In 1998, his work was shown at the Palais Harach Museum in Vienna, the Sursouk Museum in Beirut, Lebanon, the arts Museum of Sharge
in the United Arab Emirates, the Arts National Museum in Kuwait City, and the Meguro Museum of Modern
Art in Tokyo.
In 1994 Hosny received an Honorary
Doctorate from Soka University in Japan. In 1998 the artist was selected as
one of the seventy pioneer artists worldwide for a special exhibition in Paris organized by the French art
In May 1999 he was elected to the membership of the European Academy of Science and Art in Vienna.
Hosny currently resides in Cairo as Minister of Culture of the Arab
Republic of Egypt.