Gazbia Sirry

Gazbia Sirry (born 1925) is an Egyptian painter.

Born in Cairo, Gazbia Sirry studied fine arts and became a professor in the painting department of the Faculty of Art Education, Helwan University. Gazbia is considered one of the leading Egyptian artists, with a varied and innovative career of more than 50 years. Her career is rich and diversified, and is characterized by an extraordinary versatility. It would be difficult, though, to confine and limit Gazbia in any traditional school, although her vivid and bold brushstrokes share features with Neo-Expressionism: a school of individuality and personality.

With a rich curriculum, including more than 50 personal exhibitions, from Paris to Washington, D.C., from Venice to Sao Paolo, from Kuwait to Tunis, official purchases by international museums, international prizes, scholarships and important university chairs, Gazbia continues to paint for the love of art, a way to express her joys and fears.

Gazebia Serry’s art are distinguished for renewal where she expressed the feelings and traditions of the Egyptian woman during the 1960s. In the 1970s, she used the pyramid images and constructional mixture in her works for expressing the daily life of the Egyptian woman, and in the 1990s she helped in liberating the Egyptian woman from the old traditions through her work.

Gazbia Sirry is one of Egypt’s leading modern artists, with a varied and innovative career of almost fifty years. Her paintings have been exhibited from Stockholm to Dakkar, from Sao Paulo to Beijing, and are held in public and private collections around the world. This major retrospective and appreciation of her work includes more than 180 lithographs, etchings, sketches, oil paintings, and water colors, as well as a number of essays by leading art critics. “She does not paint, but rather pours out her soul, talent, and intelligence on the canvas. She was born to be the conscience of the nation, with its hopes and pains, joys and sorrows.” —Mokhtar al-Attar