Green Art Gallery at Alserkal Avenue is putting the spotlight on Egypt-born artist Samir Rafi starting this January 14th.
Green Art Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai
14 January 2019, 10:00 AM
05 March 2019, 07:00 PM
Green Art Gallery is pleased to announce a spotlight exhibition on the Egyptian artist Samir Rafi. Distinguished by his brand of surrealist melancholy, Rafi’s work employed warped perspectives and hazy, dream-like colours to create a universe of loneliness and despair entirely of his own.
Rafi’s work invites us into a metaphysical world of his own creation, in which his observations of the ordinary are hampered by loneliness, despair, and homesickness. His use of a warped sense of perspective, dream-like colours, his mastery of line and shade, and his command of colour planes, all help define this surreal world. Perhaps best known for his trademark imagery of the female form and wolf dog, Rafi’s work almost always employs symbols extracted from his love of nature and his Egyptian childhood. These include references to ancient Egyptian and Nubian wall paintings.
These interpretations are used to debate enduring themes such as family, kinship, liberty, and self-determination. Rafi’s experiences in Cairo before and after 1952, his imprisonment in Algeria in the 1960s, and his self-imposed exile in Paris all manifest themselves in his work through his characteristic technique and symbolism. The four main phases of Samir Rafi’s artistic journey are presented in this collection of works spanning half a century.
Celebrate Samir Rafi's persisting legacy through half a century of acclaimed work at Green Art Gallery from 14 January onwards.