Zeinab Abdel Hamid
I was born in Egypt, Ezzedin Hamouda and Zeinab Abd El Hamid my parents were both prominent Modern Egyptian Artists - professors of Fine Arts Fculties Department of paintings at Helwan University in Cairo - Egypt. More details about them are described at their links in this page, their paintings are ones of the most beautiful Modern and Contemporary Arab Art in the Middle East
I used to paint with pastel on papers when I was a little child, but later when the time came to enter a university I had to follow my parent's advice and join The Faculty Of Engineering in Cairo from which I was graduated the year 1977.
"One must not depend on his paintings to earn money to survive " - those were my father's words to me when he found me tired with my study of Engineering and wanted to abandone my study and change to a Fine Arts career.
I worked hard to finish my career, and after I became an engineer I worked for a well known Contractors Company in Cairo for a period of about twenty three years. During that time I only made oil paintings in my limited free time.
In the year 2006 I felt a strong desire to make a big change in my life, so I decided to retire early to catch the left few years left in my life and live free - no hard study and no hard work.
That was on July 2006 when I retired and begain a full time work in the field of Fine Arts which I loved since I was a child of seven or eight years old.
I specialized in realistic paintings using the medium of oil on canvas, and after some years later I decided to make my paintings in oil on linen stretched on board.
This website shows my realist oil paintings, the first of which is American because I painted it while I was staying in Washington D.C. with parents for the view of Rock Creek Park and I painted it in oil, the same view also inspired the first Zeinab Abd El Hamid's first American paintings, she painted two watercolor paintings for the same view in two different seasons. Ezzedin Hamouda and Zeinab Abd El Hamid at that time were making a touring exhibition with other three Egyptian artists for their Middle Eastern modern Egyptian paintings in the Fine Art Gallery of the University of New Orleans in the United States of America. That was in the period 1976 - 1977, to serve as a link showing the spirit of the Modern Egyptian Art of the Middle East. That exhibition of my parents was under the patronage of the ambassador of Egypt at that time Dr. Ashraf Ghorbal and was funded by The Art Society - International Monetory Fund.
For me, the rest of my oil paintings were painted in Egypt, some of which are still under processing because of the multiple layers they need in order to achieve the final result that I want. Some of my oil paintings take many years to get finished as I do not loose my patience to realize the effect that I look for - of course this is because I work in oil, if I was working in watercolor that could never happen as papers are not manufactured for such multiple layers, besides the fact that the beauty of watercolor depends too much in its transparency, this is completely different in oil paintings.
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