Egyptian artist creates miniature sculptures of influential figures

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Egyptian artist creates miniature sculptures of influential figures

A collection of the work of Fady Francis

Whether he comes from Europe, Africa, Asia or anywhere in the world, Fady Francis diversifies his art to include individuals who promote peace, artists, scientists and individuals who have made the difference. From Mother Theresa and Albert Einstein to Maradona, Ramses II and Steve Jobs, among many others, his pieces stand out for their exceptional detail although they were conceived as caricatures.

Born to an award-winning artist and antiques expert, 30, Francis experimented with different art forms for years, until he found a way to sculpt the portraits of influential figures in paste. polymer.

To sculpt a figure, which can be 3 to 6 inches long, the process can take between 15 and 20 hours of work. Francis uses simple sculpting tools, a magnifying glass, and thermal clay. The clay is heated in the oven to be molded into a plastic-like material, which is then delicately painted to make the desired celebrity sculpture.

Laurel and Hardy in polymer clay by Fady Francis

Inspired by ancient Egyptian sculpture, Francis, originally from Luxor, believes in the importance of visual arts culture. Starting from his conviction that art is therapeutic, Francis explains that “a person can put their energy into art”. As a journalist himself, he devoted an entire page to art at Al-Masry Al-Youm where he works, and baptized it “Art therapy”.

He is enthusiastic about the benefits of art, one of which is its ability to relieve feelings of loneliness. “Art resonates psychologically with people and makes a difference in their lives,” he adds confidently.

Steve Jobs in polymer clay by Fady Francis

In 2019, he began a still-ongoing attempt to break a world record for creating 100 miniature sculptures of 100 influential figures, with the hope of exhibiting them in the near future. Subsequently, 2020, known as the “COVID-19 year”, was an important year for him as he created nearly 65 characters, while deepening his knowledge of sculpture.

Pablo Picasso in polymer clay by Fady Francis

Today, he is finally preparing the exhibition he has always dreamed of, the date of which remains to be determined. The last figures he made were those of Pablo Picasso and Andrea Bocelli, among others.

“The exhibition aims to show that art unites humanity, despite different languages ​​and cultures,” he emphasizes.

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