About The Work
While Zaki’s more recent works have become more abstract and geometric in form, they still feature human and animal subjects, sometimes fused with plant-like or fantastical forms. The Wheat Donor, which is part of the Resurrection series, meditates upon social rituals in particular the significance of wheat as a symbol of life and source of livelihood in Egypt. The gesture of donating this grain signifies the community beginning to rebuild itself. Throughout this body of work the artist seeks to capture the essence of his subjects with minimal formal elements, while retaining the integrity of pure white marble. This ethereal colouring suggests a blank canvas from which we may rebuild and start afresh. Each of the sculptures consists of six separate marble components arranged in varying compositions to represent figures in states of fear, defensiveness or repose. The resulting works seem simultaneously modern and ancient, seeking to illicit a diverse emotional response born from the artist’s investigation of the infinite possibilities of the natural form.
b. 1964 Suez, Egypt, Khaled Zaki lives and works between Cairo and Pietrasanta, Italy.
Known for his pivotal role in shaping modernist sculpture in Egypt, Khaled Zaki’s works, typically in bronze and stone, glide between abstract and figurative forms.
Zaki holds a Masters in Restoration from the Faculty of Archaeology, Cairo University. He studied Sculpture at the Al Khonaini Museum of Art, Giza, Egypt before moving to Italy in 1988 to train in the use of stone and bronze in the studios and workshops of Pietrasanta.
Drawing inspiration from Egyptian and Arab culture his output explores messages of human emotion and expectation with such seminal works as Resurrection (2017), a series inspired by the shrapnel lining the streets of post-revolution Egypt and the social impact of terrorism on his country.
Located in Dubai, sixteen years ago the gallery embarked upon an ambitious programme with the aim of cultivating an international community centred around contemporary Middle Eastern art.
Tabari Artspace played a pivotal role in establishing the Middle Eastern masters that are collected and exhibited internationally today.
The gallery continues to honour these masters while introducing a new generation of artists that have matured in an era of technology, globalisation, and unprecedented socio-political issues. In 2017 the gallery rebranded from Artspace Dubai to Tabari Artspace.