Mahmoud Salem محمود سالم     Mahmoud Salem's artworks are sculpted with a gentle hand, whether he is carving into stone the strong, sweeping curves of flesh and fabric—a seated figure or the motherly gestures of a pregnant woman—or whittling wood with delicate patterns and pharaonic imagery. His work is exploratory but confident, and Luxor Art Gallery is pleased to showcase this promising local artist. —D.N.

I found myself playing with mud as child, influenced by the monuments and sculptures on the West bank of Luxor, Egypt. It is quiet here, uncrowded and surrounded by nature the desert to the west, lush fields and the Nile to the East. These settings, far from the hustle and bustle of Cairo and urban Egypt, have helped influence my work. I express the places, feeling and environments of rural Egypt.

I also create sculptures that express the current political and life problems encountered by ordinary Egyptians regardless of where they live. I do this by looking within myself and listening to those around me, as well as by comparing life of Pharonic Egypt with modern Egypt.

I am heavily influenced by my forefathers, generation upon generation of amazing artists and sculptors who created with their hands, a way of life and which stands till this day. As with them , I wish for my sculpture to exist for as long as possible without breaking or being destroyed, and it is for this reason that I use hardwood and stone, shaping them with small electronic and handheld tools.

Mahmoud Salem


(Egypt) +20 111 125 8045 or luxorartgallery@gmail.com