Hafiz Abdel FarghaliGuest of the Opera
Notable Egyptian painter Hafiz Abdel Farghali (b. in Dairout, 1941) is a graduate of the Institute of Art Education and the Academy of Fine Art in Florence, and since 1989 has held a teaching post at the latter institution. In the course of his long career so far he has explored a wide variety of styles and approaches to painting, experimenting with multiple media including oil paint, watercolour, pencil, acrylic, corn stalk, sand, Nile silt, clay and various metals. His output embodies a unique projection of Egypt’s ancient heritage on the modern civilization. He has to his credit numerous exhibitions in Egypt, Italy, Austria, France, Japan, USA, Canada, Brazil and other countries. The Croatian conductor Nikša Bareza was so impressed by his work displayed at the 45th Venice Biennale (1993) that he initiated the artist’s co-operation with the Prague State Opera on the stage design for its production of Verdi’s Aida.