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Cairo-born artist Ragaa Mansour is profoundly inspired by her culture and rich heritage. She creates oil on canvas works depicting scenes of ancient Egyptian society fused with contemporary daily life. These include portrait and landscape paintings that see a broad application of saturated hues, and feature hieroglyphs and ancient symbols. Her subjects often create a narrative in which women from the past and present interact in specific cultural contexts.
Mansour has become increasingly interested in exploring and portraying themes that affect Egyptian women. She is devoted to representing the wave of changing status of women in her oeuvre. Essentially, she advocates for female autonomy and empowerment through her depictions of female conviviality. Her paintings act as a contemporary embodiment of a bygone era, paying homage to an ancient culture that may no longer physically exist, but has transcended through centuries of legacy, storytelling and art. Mansour continues this tradition, and states, “for me, art is not a profession, it is a way of expressing myself, and exploring creativity and beauty.”