About Adam Henein
b. 1929 Egypt, Adam Henein lives and works in Cairo and Aswan.
Graduating from the Cairo Faculty of Fine Arts in 1953, Henein work as a sculptor, exhibition in Cairo, Alexandria, and Munich, Germany and winning the Luxor Prize in 1954. He lived in Luxor and Aswan before moved to Paris in 1971 where he developed a painting practice alongside his sculptural work. After almost 25 years abroad he returned to Egypt, focusing his work on granite carving.
Henein has had exhibited work widely, with solo exhibitions in Alexandria, Cairo, Amsterdam, London, Nantes, Munich, Paris and Rome and has shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York , USA (1999); Zamalek Art Gallery, Cairo (2006) and Rose Issa Projects, London, UK (2010).
Between 1989 and 1998 he led the team involved in the restoration of the Great Sphinx at Giza, drawing on his experience as a sculptor to determine how the monument was originally carved. In 1996 Henein established the International Sculpture Symposium in Aswan, Egypt, a city that has been famous for its granite quarries since Antiquity.
He was awarded the Egyption State Award for the Arts in 1998 and the Moubarak Prized in 2004. In 2014 he opened the Adam Henein Museum in Cairo.