Shafik Radwan is a Palestinian artist and graphic designer, who lives and works in Gaza. He was born in the village of Najd, northern of Gaza Strip in 1941 which was destroyed in 1948 to build the town of Sderot in present-day Israel. He received his BA degree in Graphic Design from Helwan University in Cairo in 1959 and completed his PHD in Art Critic from Surikov Art Institute in Moscow in 1989.
His art was displayed in a number of solo and group exhibitions locally and internationally and are part of the permanent collections of both Baghdad Museum of Modern Art and Moscow State Museum of Oriental Art. Radwan taught Arts in Libya, Sudan and Palestine and published many articles and papers. He was the Director of the Fine Arts Department in the Palestinian Ministry of Culture, the Head of the Fine Arts Department at Derna University in Libya and the Dean of Fine Arts Faculty at Al-Aqsa University in Gaza.
In a statement, Radwan expresses a contemplative and questioning approach to his subjects: “Unintentionally, my paintings end up with different faces each time, every face tells a different story. Random human faces embody and inhabit my artworks for no obvious reason. Is it because life is about humans after all? Is it because humans are the source of happiness, sadness, optimism, pessimism, laughter and tears?”
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