My name is Mariyam Hussein. I am a visual artist based in Cairo, Egypt.
My art journey began in 2017 when I got invited to take part in a group exhibition in Nairobi, Kenya. Since then, I have participated in many exhibitions. I have also sold many paintings through my Instagram account. I am currently working on a series of commissioned paintings.
My style of painting is contemporary realism. I am inspired by the works of old masters. I am particularly drawn towards the works of Turner, Rembrandt and Claude Monet. The main body of my work consists of flora, fauna, Islamic architectural paintings and still life. Conveying mood and atmosphere is essential to my paintings. Capturing the essence of the subject onto canvas is what excites me and keeps me motivated to paint.
I work with oils, acrylics and watercolours. The subject of the painting dictates the materials and mediums I use. I have a great appreciation for natural materials as well as locally-sourced materials. And I try and incorporate them into my work.
I gather inspiration from my surroundings, travels and the city I live in. I am interested in Islamic art and architecture and particularly enjoy reading about Fatimid art. The use of gold leaf in my Islamic paintings is inspired by looking at medieval Christian iconography and paintings in museums. Since moving to Cairo I have also used papyrus in my art.
My journey as an artist has only begun. There is a lot more to explore. I am excited to see where this road takes me.
2019, Group Show -Thirst for the divine – India art Festival, New Delhi, India.
2018 , Group show - Happiness Reigns - The Radiant Arts Gallery, Indore, India
2018, Group exhibit Flora and fauna - The Radiant Arts Gallery – Mumbai, India
2017, Group Exhibit Yemen - The Radiant Arts Gallery – Karachi, Pakistan
2017, Group Exhibit The reconstruction of Al Hakim Mosque – The Radiant Arts Gallery – Nairobi, Kenya
2011- 2014 University of Westminster, London – BA Arabic and International Relations.
2009 – 2010 Kensington and Chelsea College, London – Access to Higher Education Diploma, Arts and Humanities.
1999 – 2006 Al-Jamea tus Saifiyah, Pakistan
Sep 2016 Udemy.com Adobe illustrator and Photoshop course
Jan 2010 Birkbeck University, London Kufi Calligraphy
Jul 2006 Painting summer course, Slade School of Fine Arts, UCL, London