Artist Mohab Abdelghaffar uses his art as a means to channel his preoccupation with the fundamental question of the artist’s relation to nature. Specifically, he finds inspiration in how the artist can forge its complex elements into a personal style that emphasizes the essential visual building blocks of an object and the degree of abstraction needed to reveal its inner structure.
Born in Alexandria, Abdelghaffar studied printmaking in the Faculty of Fine Arts of Alexandria University. During the years that followed his university studies, he continued to struggle with the philosophical question of objective reality versus a subjective work of art that carries the personal inclination of the artist. Resultantly, Abdelghaffar’s style moved progressively towards abstraction and non-objective art as he realized that the medium he uses to create his artwork dictates the final visual outcome as if the materials on the work surface have become the concrete embodiment of the work itself. Years later, he found in ancient art a wealth of spiritual and visual achievements to draw upon while in the meantime, injecting modernist devices of his own. Thus, from 2004 until present, Abdelghaffar has worked to create a fusion between his modern abstract approach and the originality and symbolism of the ancient Egyptian civilization.