Abdou El-Bermawy

Abdou El-Bermawy is a Painter, Art Critic and Writer who lives and works between Cairo, Doha, Dubai and New York City. His body of work focuses on the human form, interactions and the internalization of life experiences. Bermawy’s paintings often feature emotive eyes whose gaze leaves no doubt to his subject’s mindset and outlook, alternately vulnerable, longing and fatigued. He considers play to be critical to his practice, and while Bermawy’s bodies convey an emotional intensity his style is such that his own playful spirit pervades his acrylic and mixed-media paintings.

Bermawy graduated from Cairo University in 1994, and obtained an MA in Euro-Mediterranean Studies. He is a human rights activist, advising the Egyptian Initiative for Human Rights and other democracy-advocating organizations and groups. 


  • Portraits of Stella, Cairo Atelier, 2009

  • Memories of downtown, Cairo Atelier, 2013

  • Subway Dwellers , Onishi Gallery, New York, 2015

  • Arabic Horofiya (group exhibition, and workshop) Katara, Doha, 2015

  • Katara Murals (group exhibition, and workshop) Katara, Doha, 2016

  • Art encounter (group Exhibition and workshop), Art Hub, Abu Dhabi, 2016

  • Blank and Solid, FEPS, Cairo University, 2017

  • Faces, Figures and Fantasies, (Forthcoming) Doha, 2019