Samir Rafi (Egypt, 1926-2004) The Ritual

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Lot 13*
Samir Rafi
(Egypt, 1926-2004)
The Ritual

£ 14,000 - 18,000
US$ 18,000 - 24,000
Samir Rafi (Egypt, 1926-2004)
The Ritual
oil on wood panel, framed
signed "S.Rafi" and dated "1970" in English (with an unfinished painting on the verso), executed in 1970
85 x 43cm (33 7/16 x 16 15/16in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Property from a private collection, Cairo

    Representations of Egyptian daily life infused with surrealism and symbolism characterised Samir Rafi's oeuvre. He emphatically subscribed to the surrealist movement spearheaded by Ramsis Yunan and Georges Henein. The artist received critical acclaim during the 1950s from Aimé Azar, a teacher of aesthetics at Ain Shams University, who noted how Rafi accentuated the tragedy of modern life.

    Samir Rafi was born in 1926 in Cairo. Rafi's artistic talent was discovered early on in his life. After attending secondary school under the mentorship of the prominent art scholar Hussain Youssef Amin, Rafi went on to obtaining a degree in Fine Arts at the School of Fine Arts in Cairo. In 1943, when Rafi was only seventeen Youssef Amin organised Rafi's first art exhibition. A major work from this exhibition was acquired by the Art Museum of the Ministry of Education.

    In 1953, Rafi moved to Europe to pursue a PhD programme in art history at the University of Sorbonne in Paris. He exhibited widely and took part in numerous international exhibitions during this period. Upon Rafi's return to Cairo he assumed a role as an art professor at the School of Fine Arts and engage in art journalism.

    Rafi was a prominent member of the Contemporary Art Group founded in 1946 by Hussein Youssef Amin, an artist collective that emphasised the relationship of art to society and popular culture and the adaptation of modern forms and techniques.
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