Shayma Aziz visual artist

“What I hate is ignorance, smallness of imagination, the eye that sees no farther than its own lashes. All things are possible… Who you are is limited only by who you think you are.” – Egyptian Book of The Dead The definition of an artist Shayma Aziz, the artist we are presenting you in this interview, is born in Asyut in Egypt, she lives and works in Cairo, but currently is in Beirut, where she found “the most vibrant city in the region in terms of galleries and cultural activities.” Special attention is to be given to her female characters and her sophisticated approach to ‘women subject’ in Egypt. This, together with other subjects of her artistic interests, already put her among the most important contemporary artists.   Shayma Aziz, visual artist Shayma Aziz – how do you define yourself? Through your art, as a painter, or there is some deeper reason than the art is? For example, a philosopher painter, as your art reflects thoughts, states of mind and soul? Could this reading be correct? Tell us yours. I define myself as a visual artist, I have worked with space and time in installation and animation, I have also published my drawings in poetry books and literature magazine. Have done some book covers and have had the pleasure to design film sets and styling. Although painting is my main passion, I enjoy other forms of art as well. Lines and drawing philosophy from Luxor You are born in Egypt. You live in Cairo, you studied the art in Luxor. Does this give you something special and if yes, what it is? I refer to your culture as first. Yes, I think studying in Luxor gave me something special, as I always went to draw in the ancient temples. I studied the ancient Egyptian lines and drawing philosophy. Women artists in Egypt and the other influences Tell us about that time and if there were already any famous woman painter in Egypt.  That time Luxor was very vibrant and diverse. Unlike now, tourism was flourishing. Though in any place in Egypt women don’t have the easiest time. There was indeed a lot of famous women artists like Tahia Halim , Gazibya Serry, Engie Aflaton and many others.   Modigliani in Egypt Who influenced you in your artistic growth? We studied the western history of art, I was influenced a lot by Modigliani although I didn’t know it back then, but I received comments as such and I do find some things in common between us. Faces   Metropolitan Europe or USA? From the artistic point of view, from your experience, what was important and why in your artistic journey? They both are important like I said, we studied western art. The books of art history mention both as important. I found the museums filled with western art works fascinating, the collection in the Metropolitan is amazing, I enjoyed it a lot. How to make a living as an artist Do you live … Continue reading Shayma Aziz visual artist