BORN: Mansoura, Egypt - 1953
Lives and works in Egypt
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Renowned Egyptian artist Mohammed Abla, winner of the 1998 Biennial, is a man of curious character and many faces. He has an intense desire for expressing feeling through his paintings. As a young artist he traveled the world, almost detached from his native ties, reluctant to settle in one place. Abla had to struggle his way through college by painting houses in order to make just enough money for his tuition and bare necessities. Graduating at the top of his class in 1977, he took part in Egypt’s “Young Artists Exhibition,” winning the grand prize. He traveled and painted through Spain and France experiencing firsthand the great museums of Europe. With an enhanced competence in his abilities, Abla moved onto Germany where he once more toured the extensive galleries. Finding one gallery owner, he showed his work and was transported to elation by the owner’s enthusiastic response. “He saw my sketches, loved them, bought them and asked if I would put on an exhibition.” Six more exhibitions followed in the next 2 years. Germany was definitely the turning point in his life and is fast becoming his second home. Abla says that he has an internal feeling that art is the key to bringing cultural and environmental awareness to people.
1953 Born in Mansoura, Egypt
1972 Joined Faculty of fine Arts in Alexandria
1977 Graduated from the painting section with a first class degree
1978 First Exhibition in the Spanish Cultural Centre, Cairo. Won first prize in the El Talaa young Egyptian artists exhibition.
Traveled to Spain, France, and Germany for further study.
1979 Exhibited at the Hohmann Gallery in Germany
1980 Traveled to Eastern Europe and Turkey
1981 Had a further series of exhibitions in Germany. Visited Switzerland to learn sculpture, graphics and painting therapy.
1982 Opened a studio in Zurich for painting therapy.
1983 Returned to Egypt with his first child.
1984 Had further private exhibitions in Germany
1986 Won first prize in the competition entitled “Cairo from the Artist’s Perspective.”
Awarded a scholarship to study in Basel, Switzerland.
1993 Had further private exhibitions in Germany
1994 Private Exhibitions in Switzerland
1998 Exhibited at Hart Gallery, Carmel California and then to Hart Gallery in Palm Desert, California.
2009 Continues exhibiting in Palm Desert, CA at Christian Hohmann Fine Art.