TIME: Friday, 21 October 2016 - 16:30
LOCATION: HALL 1
Born and raised in Cairo, Egypt Maram grew up aspiring to follow her late grandfather’s footsteps in fine arts and sculpture. Growing up in Egypt also massively influenced her fascination to skillful craftsmanship by giving her direct access to some of the world’s oldest antiquities, architectures and sculptures. Her early fascinations were derived from Italian renaissance art and sculpture. She spent most of her childhood studying the works of Michelangelo, Botticelli, Caravaggio and Donatello, eventually teaching herself to work with oil paints at the age of nine. Three years later, Maram’s dream of going to Florence to see the legendary work of the masters came true when her mother took her to visit family there. She spent the entire summer hunting every Michelangelo sculptures, gazing up into the frescos on cathedral ceilings and endlessly sketching everything she sees. This was the moment she realised her immense love for craftsmanship and attention to detail. Two years later, Maram began regularly visiting a sculpture’s art studio in Cairo, spending long hours mastering her skills in still-life drawing before deciding to move to Paris to study fine arts at Parsons Paris at the age of seventeen.