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Munir Fahim is remembered as one of the most renowned portrait painters in Egypt. Egyptian women highly valued personal adornment and it was worn by all social classes. In these artistically unique and striking depictions, the Nubian women are seen adorned with bold golden and silver native jewelry. The women in each of the paintings embody pure intrinsic Egyptian beauty. Fahim was born on June 26, 1935 in the port city of Rasheed located in Egypt's Beheira governorate. In 1962, Fahim obtained a degree from the Cairo Faculty of Fine Arts and had his own atelier in Alexandria since 1965. Munir painted over 800 portrait paintings including ones of celebrities, artists and important personalities such as Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, Ms. Gihan Sadat, Egyptian Foreign Minister Mahmoud Riad and his wife, the Lebanese President and his wife, King Hussein Bin Talal, Queen Noor and Foreign Minister of Jordan Abd Monem Rifai and Marshal Habis Majali and artists such as Seif Wanly, Hussein Bicar and actor Kamal Shennawi and others. His works have been exhibited in numerous exhibitions in Egypt and he participated in the Alexandria Biennale in 1982. He has also exhibited in Lebanon, Jordan, Finland and in the Kunsthalle in Hamburg, Germany.