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Ibrahim El Dessouki, dubbed ‘The Architect’ for painting the columns of the temples of Luxor and Karnak was born in Cairo, Egypt in 1969. He descends from a family of artists as his father Fahmi El Dessouki and mother Atyat Sayed were well-known and established Egyptian expressionist painters and free-thinking intellectuals, and both greatly influenced the artist that Ibrahim had become.
Dessouki's painting style is defined by his unique treatment of paint, which concentrates on his ability to create subtle changes in its texture; his unusual use of negative space; and his deft manipulation of shadow and light. While the artist's painting genres encompass portraiture, landscape and still life, Dessouki’s subject matter is very much Egypt-centric capturing his own unique and hypnotic perspective of the soul and essence of Egypt.