Iman Elsayed
Abstract Painter

I’ve been a resident of North Park, Chicago since 2012. In 1986, I was born in Port-Said, a beautiful Egyptian city on the Mediterranean coast, and at 10 years old, I moved to the United States. I went back to Egypt to get a bachelor degree in banking, and came back to work as an accountant in New York. It took me less than 2 years before realizing that the road of numbers was just not mine to travel. I left my job, and started following my childhood passion for art. Now, many years later, and as a mother who encourages her children to nurture their skills and follow their dreams, I know that following my dream was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

Pencil and paper were my main companions for many years, until 4 years ago when I started experimenting with acrylic paint and canvas. I fell in love with the strength and possibilities of color, and the warmth and familiarity of fabric canvas. I enjoy making abstract portraits most of all. An abstract human image can depict an emotion unbound by human limits, at the same time, a non-human concept can be depicted in abstract human form, making it easier to receive and connect with.

One of the many fascinating things about art is that it touches each individual personally, producing a unique interpretation every time. I’m always eager to know the many reflections one image can make in the eyes of different people. I believe that art cannot be attached to the artist’s own understanding of it. Art is an independent idea expressing itself through canvas, paint, brush, and human. It’s the Universe being creative with it’s elements, and I’m proud to be a part of that.

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