An Artist with a Vision
Born in 1918 in Egypt Fathy Mahmoud has been one
of Egypt's foremost artists. He graduated from
the Cairo College of Applied Arts in 1938
specializing in Sculpture and Interior Design.
His resourceful artistic talent and his art
philosophy were the reasons of an outstanding
productivity. His studio, where Fathy Mahmoud
executed most of his works, was indeed Cairo's
largest bronze casting workshop.
Fathy Mahmoud was a champion of the Modern Art
and Design; he was one of the few artists in
Egypt at the time to embrace the aesthetic
imperatives of the modern minimalistic design.
Furthermore, he was a combatant artist, and did
not limit himself into pure artistic creativity,
but passionately tried to make people properly
touch and vividly experience the artistic
creation. This approach has been reflected in
the motto he coined: 'Art for Millions of
His vast artistic opus can be encountered
throughout Egypt, in many cities' roads and
squares; in addition, wall panels that fully
demonstrate his great talent decorate of Egypt's
most important buildings, universities and
Fathy Mahmoud was awarded 21 first prizes for
sculpture work in various local and
international contests. Furthermore, he was
awarded the second prize for the largest
sculptured wall panel at the 1958 international
exhibition at Brussels.
According to Fathy Mahmoud's vision, the art had
to be reflected in various industries, notably
modern steel furniture, architecture, and
interior design. Being one of the pioneering
Egyptian industrial designers, he helped usher
the Egyptian society into the Era of the
He therefore established an office for
architectural engineering and a factory for
modern furniture (Furniture for the Age). To
further diffuse his artistic vision and
creations, he established in 1942 the first
Ceramic (Earthenware) Factory in Cairo.
More lately, Fathi Mahmoud laid the foundation
of the Egyptian German Porcelain Company which
continued his vision of 'Art for Millions of
People' through successive generations.