George Bahgoury exhibition at Picasso East 19 JAN 2017
Life and career
Bahgoury was born into a Coptic Christian family in Luxor, Upper Egypt in 1932. In 1953, he embarked on his career as a political cartoonist, a role that would see him featured in Sabah Al Khair and Rose El Youssef. In 1955, he studied painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Zamalek, Cairo, under the guidance of the Egyptian artist Hussein Bikar. In 1970, he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Paris. Soon thereafter, in 1975, he ceased publishing as a cartoonist.
A Silver Medalist for his painting "A Face from Egypt", Bahgoury's artwork has been widely displayed in galleries and museums, including the Louvre Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in Amman, the Museum of Modern Art in Cairo, and the Al Masar Gallery for Contemporary Art in Zamalek, Cairo.
He staged many exhibitions in Egypt and abroad around. Some of the most important:
1976, 15th Spring Exhibition - Cairo.
2004, 1st Exhibition of Press Illustrations, at Palace of Arts. Cairo.
2005, 29th National Exhibition of Fine Arts. Cairo.
2006, "Ramdaniat" Exhibition at Salama Gallery - Mohandessen. Cairo.
2007, "Art and Grant" Exhibition at Al-Oruba Rotary Club. Cairo.
2007, 1st Festival of Fine Creation, "30th General Exhibition and 1st Fine Art Fair". Cairo.
2008, Festival of Sketches and Mini Tableaus at Shadecor Gallery - Heliopolis. Cairo.
2008, Caricature Exhibition at Mahmoud Saeed Center of Museums - Alexandria.
1966, Venice Biennail - Italy.
1965, Alexandria Biennail - Egypt.
1977, Exhibition of the Contemporary Art - Sudan.
1984, Contemporary Arab Art Exhibition - Tunisia.
2005, 2nd International Biennail of Book Fancy - Alexandria Library. Egypt.