Biography

Khaled Hafez

is born in Cairo, Egypt in 1963 where he currently lives and works. He studied medicine and followed the evening classes of the Cairo School of Fine Arts (Faculty of Fine Arts) in the eighties. After attaining a medical degree in 1987 and M.Sc. as a medical specialist in 1992, he gave up medical practices in the early nineties for a career in the arts. He later obtained an MFA in new media and digital arts from Transart Institute (New York, USA) and Danube University Krems (Austria). Hafez practice spans the mediums of painting, film / video, photography, installation and interdisciplinary approaches. Hafez is a Fulbright Fellow and Rockefeller Fellow.

International group exhibitions include:

57th Venice Biennale, Italy, 2017 (National Pavilion Grenada)

2nd Asuncion Biennale, Paraguay, 2017

Curitiba Biennale ‘17, Brazil, 2017

56th Venice Biennale, Italy, 2015 (Official Collateral Biennale Exhibition)

3rd Mardin Biennale, Turkey, 2015

6th Moscow Biennale, Russia, 2015

1st Trio Biennale, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, 2015

1st Bienal del Sur, Caracas, Venezuela, 2015

15th Fotofest Biennale, Houston, USA, 2014

55th Venice Biennale, Italy, 2013 (National Pavilion maldives)

11th Havana Biennale, Cuba, 2012

9th Bamako Photo Biennale, Mali, 2011

8th Mercosul Biennale, Brasil, 2011

12th Cairo Biennale, Egypt, 2010 

Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain, 2010

2nd Thessaloniki Biennale, Greece, 2009

3rd Guangzhou Triennale, China, 2008

7th Sharjah Biennale, UAE, 2007

1st Singapore Biennale, 2006

6th & 7th Dakar Biennale, Senegal, 2004 & 2006 

Hafez works were shown at:

Museum of Mohamed Mahmoud Khalil, Egypt, 2019

Museum of Fine Arts, Alexandria, Egypt, 2019

Museuo Provincial de Holguin, Cuba, 2016

American University Museum, Katzen Art Center, DC, USA, 2019

Tirana National Art Gallery, Albania, 2016

Kosovo National Art Gallery, 2016

Crete Museum of Contemporary Art, 2016

The Worker and the Kolkhoz Woman Museum, Moscow, 2015

Uppsala Museum of Art, Uppsala, Sweden, 2014

Art Sonje Center, Seoul, Korea, 2014

National Gallery of Arts Tirana, Albania, 2014

The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY, USA, 2013,

Cultuurcentrum Brugge, Belgium, 2013

Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde, Leiden, The Netherlands, 2013

British Museum, UK, 2012

Havremagasinet Bodens Konstcentrum, Sweden, 2012

Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan, 2012

State Museum of contemporary art, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2011, 2013 & 2015

Museum of Contemporary Art, Roskilde, Denmark, 2007 & 2011

Instituto Tomie Ohtake, Sao Paolo, Brazil, 2011

Yuchengco Museum, Manila, Philippines, 2011

The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art
, Icatha, NY, USA, 2010

The New Museum NY, USA, 2010

Casa Arabe, Madrid, 2010

Saatchi Gallery, London, UK, 2009

The Queens Museum, NY, USA, 2008

Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France, 2008, 2012, 2014 and 2018

MuHKA Museum of Art, Antwerp, Belgium, 2007 & 2011

Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany, 2007 

Bamako National Museum of Art, Mali, 2007, 2011 & 2015

Special Video Screening Programs

Tate Modern, London, UK, 2007

Centre George Pompidou, Paris, France, 2010 & 2012

Film Festivals Include:

2nd Arctic Moving Image & Film Festival – AMIFF 2017

14th Tirana International Film Festival

41st Rotterdam International Film Festival 2012

15th International Short Film Festival Winterthur, Switzerland, 2011

CPH:DOX/ Copenhagen Film Festival, Denmark, 2011

17th African Film Festival, New Museum, New York, USA, 2010

8th Ismailia International Film Festival, Egypt, 2004

Awards include:

Fulbright Fellowship, (Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, PA), USA, 2005

Rockefeller Bellagio Fellowship, Italy, 2009

Francophonie Prize, 6th Dakar Biennale, Senegal, 2004

Fondation Blachere Video Prize, 9th Bamako Photo Biennale, Mali, 2011

Nominations Include:

2015 – Jameel Art Prize (long list)

2012 – The 4th Prix Pictet Photography Prize (long list)

2011 – The Sovereign African Art Prize (Photography Shortlist) 

Public Collections:

The British Museum, London, UK

National Museum of Art, Vladikavkaz, North Ossetia, Russia

National Center for Contemporary Arts (NCCA), Moscow, Russia

The Saatchi Collection, London, UK


MuHKA Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp, Belgium


Ars Aevi Museum of Contemporary Art, Sarajevo, Bosnia


Horcynus Orca Foundation, Messina, Italy


Mali National Museum, Bamako, Mali


Maraya Art Centre, Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE

State Museum of Art, Thessaloniki, Greece

Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt

Museum of Modern Art, Cairo, Egypt

Published / Authored

Egyptian Hyperreal Pop: The Rise of Hybrid Vernacular, LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing (October 8, 2012), ISBN-10: 3659254142, ISBN-13: 978-3659254147.

In Reference

2001 Maria Golia, Marilu Knode, William Wells and Janine van den Ende. Cairo Modern Art in Holland. The Hague: Fortis Circustheater Publications, 2001, 128–137. 

ASIN: B000Y2ALHG.

  • 2005 Liliane Karnouk. Modern Egyptian Art 1910-2003. Cairo:  
    1. American University in Cairo Press, 2005, 240-241. 
    2. ISBN-10: 9774248597 ISBN-13: 978-9774248597

2009 Martina Corgnati. Egitto: Profilo dell’arte Moderna e Contemporanea dei  Paesi Mediterranei. Milano; MESOGEA Publishers, 2009, 95–96, 154. 

ISBN-10: 8846920775 ISBN-13: 978-8846920775 

2009 Hossein Amirsadeghi, Salwa Mikdadi and Nada Shabout, eds. New Visions: Arab Contemporary Art in the 21st Century. London: Trans Globe Publishing & Thames & Hudson, 2009. 142–145. 

ISBN-10: 0500976988 ISBN-13: 978-0500976982

2009 Lisa Farjam & Saatchi Gallery. Unveiled: New Art from the Middle East. London: Booth  Clibborn Editions, 2010, 60–61. ISBN-10: 1861543131 ISBN-13: 978-1861543134

  • 2010 Saeb Eigner. Art of the Middle East: Modern and Contemporary 
    1.            Art of the Arab World and Iran. London & NY: Merrel Publishers 
    2.       Limited, 2010, 122. 
  • ISBN-10: 1858945003 ISBN-13: 978-1858945002.

2011 P. Alonzo, A. Bieber, M. Hübner, G. Jansen, R. Klanten. Art & Agenda: Political Art and Activism. Berlin: Gestalten, Booth-Clibborn Editions, 257. ISBN-10: 1861543131 ISBN-13: 978-1861543134.

Khaled Hafez