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.