HUSSEIN YOUSSEF AMIN, Egypt (1904 - 1984)
Born in Cairo in 1904, Hussein Youssef Amin was active both in the artistic and the education realms. In 1930, he graduated from the Florence Academy of Art in Italy and then left Europe for Sao Paulo, where he started teaching art. Back in Egypt, Amin co-founded with Youssef Afifi, the Association of Art Teachers in 1937, gathering a new generation of artists such as Abdel Hadi al-Gazzar, Hamed Nada, Maher Ra'ef, Kamal Youssef, Mogli (Salem El-Habshi), and Samir Rafi. Hussein Youssef Amin's aspiration was that these students innovate and free themselves from the previous international art notions and movements. This program would, later on, lead to the creation of the Contemporary Art Group that he initiated in 1946. The core of Amin's pedagogy recognized artistic creation as an activity of self-expression in correlation with the contemporaneity of the artist. Thus, the work of art itself and not only its aesthetics should reveal the Egyptian artistic identity. His oeuvre includes genre scenes by the Nil, still-lives, or portraits which convey the psychological force of the sitters. The primary approach was to paint with intuition and emotion. In parallel, he dedicated himself to art history and criticism. Hussein Youssef Amin passed away in 1984.
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