Hossam Dirar

What Depictions of Nefertiti Say about the Way Society Views Gender and Race

February 19, 2019

In his 2018 solo exhibition “Nefertiti” at the Zamalek Art Gallery in Cairo, Egyptian artist Hossam Dirar debuted a series of oil paintings that return the ancient monarch to Egypt—and a symbol to her humanity. In his paintings, Nefertiti is pictured with legs, arms, and even wings, offering a rendering of Nefertiti as a divine leader who is both formidable and familiar. These paintings explode with color, and commingle modern and ancient fashions—off-the-shoulder tops, sweetheart dresses, and ankh necklaces—that remake Nefertiti and her hallmark crown for a new world.

Freedom in Art

February 10, 2019 - Carmel Harrison

Barcelona-based Egyptian artist Hossam Dirar chats exclusively to Emirates Woman about how the freedom and emancipation of women all over the world is the most important message in his artwork.

 

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Hossam Dirar

January 18, 2019 - SELECTIONS Arts

Hossam Dirar was born in Cairo in 1978 and he continues to live and work in the city. He obtained a BA from Helwan University’s Fine Arts Faculty of Applied Arts, graduating with honours, and he was awarded the best graduation project amongst all entries. His later studies included graphic design, painting, printmaking, mixed media, product design, photography, multimedia and pottery. 

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MALEREI: „NEFERTITI“ – DIE POSITION DER FRAU IM ALTEN ÄGYPTEN UND HEUTE

November 13, 2018 - Hajo

Der ägyptische Künstler Hossam Dirar rückt in seiner aktuellen Ausstellung „Nefertiti“ die Frau in den Vordergrund. Nicht als Objekt der Begierde, sondern als Subjekt mit politischer und gesellschaftlicher Wichtigkeit. Aufhänger für die Sammlung einer Reihe von aktuellen Gemälden ist dem Titel nach Nofretete, wie sie hierzulande genannt wird.

 

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Emerging Egyptian artist gives Orientalism new look

February 18, 2018 - Salwa Samir

The latest exhibition of works by Hossam Dirar, one of the Middle East's most promising artists today, pays homage to 19th-century Cairo through his re-interpretation of Orientalist paintings. “Le Caire 1801,” which opened at the Soma Art Gallery in Cairo on Feb. 4, features works in which Dirar has added his own touch of striking colors, among them shades of red and blue, to the older works depicting Western artists’ images of Egypt.

DEPICTING FEMININE POWER - IN CONVERSATION WITH HOSSAM DIRAR

April 11, 2017 - Widewalls Editorial

Dirar’s work in painting is refined and takes more of a classic approach, using oil paint in expressive strokes and warm colorsto depict women in their feminine power.

INTERVIEW WITH HOSSAM DIRAR

March 2, 2016

Read the full interview with Hossam Dirar, by art journalist and writer Lisa Pollman.

HOSSAM DIRAR IN EL BEIT MAGAZINE

January 8, 2016

Hossam Dirar was featured in this article, in Al Beit Magazine, highlighting Dirar's first solo exhibition in Egypt, and his shown work, which focuses on the Bike and, at times, the Woman as subject matter.

CONTEMPORARY ARTIST DIRAR: ON LIFE, TIME, AND HUMANITY

September 13, 2015 - May Mansour

Staff writer May Mansour delves into an interview with Dirar; a contemporary artist with deep philosophical visions and an unexpected feminist streak.