Posted by: nuweiba | May 17, 2008

Mostafa Bakir Egypt

The artist is a prominent figure in the plastic art realm. The environment is unique; spacious desert, crude sun and breezy air. The outcome, thus, is wonderful; vivid pieces of work that toured the world from coast to coast. No surprise, it is Sinai, the oasis of peace.

Born on February 15, 1941, in Sinai peninsula, the little boy Mostafa Bakir, was utterly fascinated with this matchless spot, which he described as the gift of the nature.

Throughout his tour of giving, Mostafa Bakir has managed to hold 26 exhibitions where an array of terrific pieces of work have been displayed. In his eyes, Sinai is the hope, joy, and future. This was clearly reflected in the masterpieces he produced over years of complete devotion to the art.

Bedouin life, for sure, has contributed much to unshackle Bakir’s potentials, and his works are a piece of history telling how much traditions of Bedouins are peculiar.

The Bedouin-rooted artist went to Cairo to pursue his study, as he graduated from Faculty of Fine Arts, Cairo University, in 1966. He designed the logo of North Sinai governorate. “Sinai, Land of Peace” is the portrait he gave, as a gift, to the United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Environment question comes at the very forefront of the artist’s priorities and along years of interacting with nature, he figured out that preserving environment is of sacred missions that should be given a great heed. Near 1500 world reportages were made on the talented-artist’s works, and they are all decorating his atelier in Al-Arish, which is deemed to be one of Sinai’s sightseeings.

In recognition of the role he played in accentuating this peculiar art, Bakir was awarded several domestic and international prizes. For six years straight, he managed to keep occupying first place at the local exhibitions held under the sponsorship of the Supreme Council for Youth and Sports.

Undoubtedly, this artist will remain a landmark in Egypt’s plastic art history, as he is the best to depict Bedouin life in Sinai.


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