Mohamed El Ganouby’s art focuses on how experiences of travel, both literal and metaphorical, can impact a person and his or her collective identities. He employs raw materials (sand, wood, spices, and wax) because of their association with Southern Egypt. This was the terrain of El Ganouby’s youth, but at the same time he uses these materials to symbolize the transformation of primitive elements into a work of art, as he believes that art can combine art history and natural history to create new meaning.
Born in Qena, El Ganouby graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts and Education of El Minya University in 1987. He participated in many solo exhibitions in Cairo and Alexandria as well as in many group exhibitions held at the Palace of Arts, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, and the Goethe Institute. El Ganouby won the First Prize of Installation in the “Youth Salon # 11” in 1999, and he published two books: “The Picture as a Text” in 2002, and "The Crazy Green Man: Readings on Abdel Hady al-Gazzar", Akhbar El Adab,” in 1994.