Woft in Samir Rafi arts
Green Art Gallery (Dubai) is introducing an exhibition of modern Egyptian artist Rafi. His works are sometimes surreal and are always thought-provoking. Highlights are lonely characters to scary wolf-like dogs. His artwork is often intertwined with political and personal stories.
Sharing with the press, Yasmin Atassi, director of the Green Art Gallery, said she wanted to introduce the artist to let people know him widely and worthy of his talent. She praised the deep wisdom of Samir Rafi. He created the image language and his own universe full of symbolism.
Although his work is strong, he is willing to experiment with many different means. However, Samir Rafi is still one of the least discovered characters of modern Egyptian art. Rafi was born in 1926 in Cairo, Egypt. He won a scholarship to the Sorbonne University, Paris in the early 50s. He lived in the French capital until he died in 2004.
One of the larger works on display is The Visit. This is a beautiful and sexy picture painted on the carpet in 1965. Like many of Rafi’s works, the work invites viewers to come up with their own interpretation. One can feel the power game between the two subjects of the work: a man and a woman standing side by side. The outstanding element of the painting is the feeling of empowerment emanating from the erotic nude woman. With her eyes wide open and dark hair, her quiet self-confidence contrasted with the vulnerable man whose hands were tied. Perhaps the raped man represents Egypt and their people while the woman brings hope, freedom, and light through the candle she carries.
In one work, Rafi describes two wolves swallowing each other. In another picture, a growling wolf gets strength when a man is locked in a cage. According to Myrna Ayad, independent art consultant working in Dubai, the wolf can talk about Rafi’s frustration with the status of the area. Rafi’s work is very sensitive and politically high.