Adam Henein

 

b. 1929 Cairo, Egypt, Adam Henein lives and works in Cairo and Aswan.

Known as one of Egypt's most prominent sculptors, Henein distinguishes himself  with his body of work, that draws together universal themes with references to Egyptian icons like pyramids and hieroglyphs.

Henein graduated with a degree in sculpture from the School of Fine Arts in Cairo, 1953. He then continued his training in Munich and Paris, where he lived until 1996, spending his time there refining his painting practice alongside his sculptural work.

After 25 years Henein returned to Egypt where he offered significant contribution to his country’s cultural scene. Between 1989 and 1998 he led the restoration of The Great Sphinx in Giza, drawing on his skills as a sculptor to determine how the monument was originally carved. In 1996 he established the International Sculpture Symposium in Aswan.

Celebrated for his sculptures that transform solid materials like bronze, wood, clay, and granite into elegant, modernist forms, Henein is also known for his drawings made up of vivid geometric lines on papyrus.

As well as Egypt, Henein has exhibited across the Middle East, Europe, and at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. He has received numerous awards for his work including the Egyptian State Merit Award for the Arts (1998) and the Mubarak Art Award (2014).