Ahmed Moustafa

Born in 1943 - Egypt


Born in 1947 in Alexandria, Egypt, Ahmed Moustafa studied Fine Arts at Alexandria University, after which he obtained an MA and PhD from the Central School of Art and Design in London, where he still lives and works. Moustafa is a practicing calligrapher and scholar who transforms sacred Qur'anic texts into works of art, combining their religious significance with a modern interpretation of the traditional script. Moustafa has reinterpreted the geometric principles of calligraphy, creating a new visual vocabulary.

Employing repetition and other painterly techniques such as incorporating the text into a representational image, Moustafa has been able to lend calligraphy to a more universal reception. Moustafa is known for incorporating a bold color palette into his work as well as his fluid and spontaneous penmanship. The artist engages with a wide range of media such as paintings, tapestries, silk-screen prints and stained glass. His work is held in many private and public collections, such as the National Museums in both Britain and Egypt, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and the National Museum of Scotland.

Moustafa presently lives in London but spends most of his time teaching round the world.

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"Seeking An Immutable Essence", Mathaf Gallery, London (England)

"Word Into Art: Artists Of The Modern Middle East", British Museum, London (England)

"Five Artists * Five Faiths", Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina (USA)
UK touring exhibition "Mapping The Unseen", galleries include - St Mungo Museum of Religioud Life and Art, Glasgow; Catmose Gallery, Rutland; University of Herfordshire Galleries, Hatfield; Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford.
2004 Group exhibition "Mightier Than The Sword", Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia

"Where the Two Oceans Meet" Museum Diocesà, Barcelona, at the invitation of the Catalan Institute for Mediteranean Studies (Spain)

"Where the Two Oceans Meet" initiated by President Alija Izetbegovic at the National Gallery, Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Invited by the Vatican to stage a retrospective exhibition entitled "Where the Two Oceans Meet" of his work at the Pontificia Universitas Gregoriana, which was acclaimed world wide as the first and most significant cultural event of its kind through out the history of Christian-Islamic relations (Italy)

"Calligrafia: La Geometria sacra dell’arte islamica", Accademia D’Egitto, Rome (Italy)

"Signs, Traces and Calligraphy", Royal Tropical Museum, KIT, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

"An Alchemy of Letters – The Art of the Pen by Ahmed Moustafa", Manchester City Art Galleries (England)

"The Artistry of Arabic Script in the work of Ahmed Moustafa", Royal College of Art London – Henry Moore Gallery (England)

Musee Rath, Geneva Treasures of Islam - Single tapestry (considered to be the only piece of contemporary Islamic art exhibited) (Switzerland)
"Les chefs d’ouvre d’Aubusson"- 50 Years of Contemporary Tapestries,
Palais des Congres, Montreux (Switzerland)
Salon des Artistes Francais, Grand Palais, Paris (France)

Al ‘Ain University, United Arab Emirates Retrospective Exhibition (UAE)

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford One man exposition Biennale
Grand Palais, group show Paris Exhibition of Tapestries (France)

Islamic Cultural Centre, Solo exhibition, Inauguration of the Exhibition Hall, London (England)

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