Wagih Yassa (b. 1955)
A seasoned self-taught painter, Wagih Yassa lives and works between Egypt and Canada.
After graduating from the Cairo University’s Faculty of English Translation. Yassa began his artistic career making artworks for a couple of well-established Egyptian newspapers; Rose-Alyoussef and Sabah El-Kheir.
Yassa is best known for his impressionist watercolor and oil portraits of Egyptian icons, such as Umm Kalthoum and Abdelhalim Hafez, as well as his fluid depictions of the Egyptian streets and folkloric culture. His bright, vivid palette is like a kaleidoscopic celebration of Egyptian culture and its people.
His artwork adorns the covers of the English translations for Naguib Mahfouz’ novels published by the AUC Press.
Yassa held five solos in between 2013 and 2017 in Cairo including ‘Symphonies With Color’ at Doroub Gallery and ‘A Dream’ at Picasso Gallery.
Yassa also joined nearly 15 group exhibits. His work is in private and public collections in Egypt, Canada, USA, and UAE.