Alaa Awad - Mural - Cairo - 2012 -

The murals of Alaa Awad

Unlike other graffiti artists, Alaa Awad chooses to paint with a brush and uses acrylic paints rather than using stencils and spray paints. His intricate murals can sometimes take up to a week to make not only because of the materials he uses, but because of the complexity of his designs. Awad paints in a neo-pharonic graffiti style, a style that harkens back to Ancient Egypt. His usage of the neo-pharonic style is meant to draw attention back to rich, old Egyptian traditions. This style aims to remind protestors of their heritage and past to help them stay true to their Egyptian identity. His murals are typically multifaceted and multi-layered with each telling a different story.

Beyond the aforementioned unique style of painting, using a neo-pharonic style aims to return the prominence of graffiti in Egypt. Graffiti has played a significant role in Egyptian villages in the past, when each village had their own graffiti artist. These graffiti artists would essentially be storytellers of the village and would depict important events or celebrations through traditional imagery and symbolism. Many of these same images can be seen in Awad’s artwork today as he bases his works off of famous works of art from Ancient Egypt that may be seen in temples and museums.


El Burullus – 2016
Upper Egypt Egypt

The symposium El Burullus for mural paintings and a special feature of paintings on boats in 2016 . Exhibition was organized by the foundation of artist Abd Elwahab Abdelmohsen, for art & cultural development.

This is a part of the Sufi festivals in Upper Egypt. The public celebrates by horses, racing, dance and fencing by long sticks, with Sufi music, drummers and pipers. This celebration takes place every year in each town and city, at different times.

Battle of the Sea

Burullus – 2015
Upper Egypt Egypt

The 2nd Burullus Symposium for murals and a special feature of traditional Pharoanic boats painted by featured artists.

This is inspired by the relief mural on Habu temple of King Ramses III. The Sea Peoples are a purported seafaring confederation that attacked ancient Egypt and other regions of the East Mediterranean prior to and during the collapse of the Late Bronze Age (1200–900 BC).

Since the nineteenth century, this has been one of the most famous chapters of Egyptian history, given its connection with the work of Orientalist Wilhelm Max Müller. Their origins uncertain, the various Sea Peoples have been proposed to have originated from places that include western Asia Minor, the Aegean, the Mediterranean islands and Southern Europe.

Memorial for Maat

Project of Cities of Colors – 2016
Luxor Egypt

This Mural workshop was an extension of the mural from 2015. The workshop was conducted with the independent youth and students from the Faculty of Fine Arts, South Valley University in Luxor, Egypt. Supported by Egyptian Ministry of Youth.

This Mural workshop was an extension of the mural from 2015. The workshop was conducted with the independent youth and students from the Faculty of Fine Arts, South Valley University in Luxor, Egypt. Supported by Egyptian Ministry of Youth.


Downstreet Art in North Adams – 2014
North Adams USA

In North Adams – USA for the gallery MCLA and Down Street Art was created for long wall paintings. It shows in the middle the egyptian goddess of justice ʺMa’atʺ, to left side the fight for the justice and on the right their homage.

As part of “Thebes,” Awad has created an original mural along the Route 2 overpass, which was unveiled on June 26th in conjunction with the 2014 launch of MCLA’s Downstreet Art gallery program. The mural is entitled “Justice.”

It is on Center Street in North Adams. The mural, as well as the gallery opening, mark Awad’s first exhibition and commissioned mural in the United States.

Alaa Awad USA Mural in Process

the Cache

Kunsthalle – 2013
Baden-Baden Germany

Cache (2013), acrylic on wall. An expression of the society of Egypt, inspired by the heritage and culture of Ancient Egypt and modern life. Depicts the women and Buraq of Sufi culture (horse with the face of a woman).

People wait for a leader (the large portrait of a man), then workers, farmers and soldiers fight Terrorism.

Occupy Utopia

The IMAGES Festival „Occupy Utopia“ – 2013
Copenhagen Denmark

A special series of murals painted for the IMAGES Festival with the 2013 theme, „Occupy Utopia“. This multi-cultural platform featured over 40 world famous

artists from Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia. The IMAGES Festival is Scandinavia’s largest contemporary international arts and culture festival.

the missing mural

the missing mural – 2012
Cairo Egypt

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