Egyptian artist carves miniature sculptures of 100 influential global figures – Xinhua

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Photo taken on January 2, 2022 shows miniature sculptures carved by Egyptian artist Fady Francis in his studio in Cairo, Egypt. On a table in downtown Cairo, Fady Francis, 30, lines up miniature sculptures of 100 influential global figures, side by side in harmony, despite the figures being from different cultures, speaking different languages ​​and having lived in different eras of history. (Xinhua/Ahmed Gomaa)

by Mahmoud Fouly

CAIRO, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) — On a table in downtown Cairo, 30-year-old Fady Francis lines up miniature sculptures of 100 influential global figures, side by side in harmony, even though the figures were from different cultures , spoke different languages ​​and lived at different times in history.

These statues and busts are sculpted by Francis as part of his 100 Figure Sculpture Project which he has been working on for three years and which he plans to exhibit in exhibitions in Egypt and abroad later this year.

Among the miniature sculptures are the mummy of the ancient king of Egypt Ramses II lying in a small coffin and the bust of the Chinese philosopher Confucius, surrounded by statues and busts of the Egyptian writer Taha Hussein, the Indian Rabindranath Tagore, German-born physicist Albert Einstein, Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Spanish painter and sculptor Pablo Picasso.

“They come together in one place, regardless of their different languages ​​and cultures,” the Egyptian artist and journalist told Xinhua, stressing that this is the theme of his project.

Francis said his choice of Taha Hussein was because he was one of the most influential Egyptian writers of the 20th century and was dubbed “the dean of Arabic literature”, although he became blind in his early childhood.

“He was a figure who defied all difficult conditions and his influence was not limited to Egypt but extended to the world,” he added.

Francis said the bust of Confucius was one of his last works, noting that he visited China in 2017 and was impressed with its culture and architecture.

“He (Confucius) is a Chinese philosopher whose thoughts have influenced mankind. His works have been translated into different languages ​​around the world. I chose him as a symbol of Chinese culture, thought and philosophy “, Francis told Xinhua.

Francis began learning to paint from childhood and was inspired by the artistic Egyptian antiquities of the monument-rich province of Luxor, where he was born and raised.

Three years ago, his interest turned to sculpture. Now he uses polymer clay as the main material for his sculptures, which vary in height between 8 and 18 cm, shaping them with simple sculpting tools like a toothpick and a needle, and using a magnifying glass to be able to take care of the little ones. details.

Some of the miniature statues are sculpted in a cartoonish style with larger heads, while some busts focus on the details of facial features such as those of Confucius and Tagore, according to the artist.

Although the first year under the COVID-19 pandemic was difficult for the world, Francis took the ensuing global lockdown as a “chance” to improve his sculpting skills and managed to complete 60 miniature sculptures in 2020 .

“I believe that art is a message of peace that unites all human beings despite their different cultures and languages,” the artist told Xinhua.

Egyptian artist Fady Francis examines his handmade miniature bust of Chinese philosopher Confucius at his workshop in Cairo, Egypt, January 2, 2022. On a table in downtown Cairo, Fady Francis, 30, lines up miniature sculptures of 100 influential people from around the world, standing side by side in harmony, even though the figures were from different cultures, spoke different languages ​​and lived in different times of history. (Xinhua/Ahmed Gomaa)

Egyptian artist Fady Francis shows off his handmade miniature bust of German composer and musician Johann Sebastian Bach at his workshop in Cairo, Egypt, January 2, 2022. On a table in downtown Cairo, Fady Francis, 30 years, lines up miniature sculptures of 100 influential people from around the world, standing side by side in harmony, despite the figures being from different cultures, speaking different languages ​​and living in different times of history. (Xinhua/Ahmed Gomaa)

Egyptian artist Fady Francis works on the miniature statue of Spanish painter Pablo Picasso at his workshop in Cairo, Egypt, January 2, 2022. On a table in downtown Cairo, Fady Francis, 30, lines up miniature sculptures of 100 influential global figures, side by side in harmony, even though the characters were from different cultures, spoke different languages ​​and lived in different times of history. (Xinhua/Ahmed Gomaa)

Egyptian artist Fady Francis cleans his handmade miniature statue of physicist Albert Einstein at his workshop in Cairo, Egypt, January 2, 2022. On a table in downtown Cairo, Fady Francis, 30, lines up miniature sculptures of 100 influential people from around the world, standing side by side in harmony, even though the figures were from different cultures, spoke different languages ​​and lived in different times of history. (Xinhua/Ahmed Gomaa)

Egyptian artist Fady Francis holds his handmade miniature bust of Russian writer Anton Chekhov at his workshop in Cairo, Egypt, January 2, 2022. On a table in downtown Cairo, Fady Francis, 30 , lines up miniature sculptures of 100 influential people from around the world, side by side in harmony, even though the figures were from different cultures, spoke different languages ​​and lived in different times of history. (Xinhua/Ahmed Gomaa)

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