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Youssef Sida (1922 – 1994) Art Work
YOUSSEF SIDA 1922 – 1994. Born in 1922 in Damietta. In 1945 he got his degree from the Higher Institute of Educational Art. In 1947, he participated in establishing the influential Group of Modern Egyptian Art. In 1949 he participated in the Egyptian exhibition in Paris. In 1950, he received the Full Bright award for studying art in Minnesota University. He then studied at Colombia University in NY and began exhibiting his work in NY and Minnesota from 1951-1952.

He participated in 1953 in the Biennale of Sao Paolo in Brazil. Upon returning to Egypt in 1954 he became active in local and international exhibitions. In 1961, he was sent by the Egyptian government to receive his PHD from Columbus University, Ohio. After which he exhibited his work in Columbus and in Washington DC. Youssef Sida’s work at the start was mainly dealing with popular Egyptian themes.

We can distinguish Sida’s work through his power of using primary colors in its purest form directly from the tubes without being mixed. Also we can notice in his work a tendency towards the qualities and techniques of children’s art. In his later years Sida began experimenting with Arabic Calligraphy by concentrating on the forms and shapes that is dominant in the popular Egyptian motives and décor.

We can witness the dynamism in his Arabic calligraphy work. Sida is also known for his huge murals depicting the political life in the early period of the revolution.
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