Egyptian artist crafts pictures with salt

Egyptian artist crafts pictures with salt
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Egyptian artist Hany Genedy creates an art with coloured sand and salt on the floor of a gallery room at his home in Hihya city, amid concerns over the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Sharqia Governorate, north of Cairo, Egypt September 9, 2020. Picture taken September 9, 2020. (Reuters)
Egyptian artist crafts pictures with salt
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Egyptian artist Hany Genedy uses salt for his artwork pictures in a gallery room at his home in Hihya city, amid concerns over the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Sharqia Governorate, north of Cairo, Egypt September 9, 2020. Picture taken September 9, 2020. (Reuters)
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Egyptian artist Hany Genedy speaks during an interview with Reuters next to his art done with coloured sand and salt on the floor of a gallery room at his home in Hihya city, amid concerns over the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Sharqia Governorate, north of Cairo, Egypt September 9, 2020. (Reuters)
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Egyptian artist Hany Genedy creates a picture of Al Pacino made with salt in a gallery room at his home in Hihya city, amid concerns over the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Sharqia Governorate, north of Cairo, Egypt September 9, 2020. Picture taken September 9, 2020. (Reuters)
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Egyptian artist Hany Genedy uses salt for his artwork pictures in a gallery room at his home in Hihya city, amid concerns over the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Sharqia Governorate, north of Cairo, Egypt September 9, 2020. Picture taken September 9, 2020. (Reuters)
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Egyptian artist Hany Genedy creates an art with coloured sand and salt on the floor of a gallery room at his home in Hihya city, amid concerns over the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Sharqia Governorate, north of Cairo, Egypt September 9, 2020. Picture taken September 9, 2020. (Reuters)
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Updated 06 October 2020

Egyptian artist crafts pictures with salt

Egyptian artist crafts pictures with salt
  • Genedy says he thinks only a handful of artists worldwide use salt in drawings
  • He hopes his salt art will win recognition in Cairo and internationally

CAIRO: Egyptian artist Hany Genedy focuses as he carefully pours white salt onto a black surface to create an image of actor Al Pacino.
Genedy experimented with materials such as leaves and money before settling on a substance he says is versatile and cheap — salt.
Genedy, who crafts images of Egyptian and international celebrities and landmarks, says he thinks only a handful of artists worldwide use the mineral.
Surrounded by assorted colors of salt in his home studio in a village in the Nile Delta province of Sharqia, the 24-year-old says he developed a secret technique to fix his images.
“At first it took me four or five hours to make a picture with salt then I had to erase it, but later I had the idea of looking for a way to preserve these works,” he said.
“After several attempts I was able to find a way to fix the pictures,” Genedy said, adding some of his salt works have been hanging on the wall for more than three years.
He makes a small income from selling paintings, but hopes his salt art will win recognition in Cairo and internationally.