Alaa Awad علاء عوض Alaa Awad is a virtuoso painter based in Luxor, Egypt, famous for his public art. During the Egyptian Revolution he created murals in Cairo and captured the attention of the media and the world, such as his depiction of a funeral march and wailing women on the walls of the city which came to represent the grief and outcry of the entire country. His style is both an ode to ancient Egyptian pharaonic artwork and the living heritage of rural life that still can be found in places like Luxor’s West Bank, full of celebratory colors, spirited traditions, and the vibrations of community. The essence of his paintings honors Egypt past and present, and yet is uniquely his own style and totally contemporary; there is no mistaking an Alaa Awad painting. —D.N.