Moataz Nasr

(b. 1961) Born in 1961 in Alexandria, Nasr pursued an education in economy at the University of Alexandria because his father believed that art is merely a hobby and not a profession. Despite this, Nasr went into submitting an art entry in Egyptian art scene in 1995 and received the third prize. However, he was criticized by fellow artists for not having studied art academically and was considered an outsider by many. Nasr broke into the international art scene in 2001 when one of the leading Italian art galleries, Galleria Continua, exhibited his work. Nasr has participated in many exhibitions since and has won many awards including: third place in the 7th Salon of Youth, a contest organized by the Ministry of Culture in 1995, the Prize of Painting in the Heliorama exhibition from the French Cultural center in Cairo in 1997, the Grand Prize in the 8th International Cairo Biennale in 2001, the Biennale Prize from Dakar Biennale in Senegal in 2002, the Ministry of Culture Prize, Dak’art Biennale, Dakar, Senegal in 2004 and the Grand Prize, Sharjah Bienniale, U.A.E in 2005. In November 2008, he founded one of the leading Egyptian contemporary art and culture center located in the Fustat area of Old Cairo. It is a registered non-profit organization with the stated mission of being “a trampoline to advance the burgeoning contemporary art movement in Egypt.”