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Moroccan, 20th century, male.

Born 1924, near Marrakech.

Painter. Figures.

Symbolism.

The absence of figurative representation in much traditional Islamic art is less the result of a religious ban than a symptom of the religion's symbolic relationship with the world. Drissi's painting is characterised by this ambiguity: in painting figures in given situations, he nevertheless strips them of their bodily appearance, creating strictly hieratic shapes cloaked either in a burnous or a djellaba, featureless faces, and oppressive, empty surrounds where the living are never far from the grave....

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Tunisian, 20th century, male.

Born 8 November 1942, in Gabes.

Painter, draughtsman.

Abdelmajid El Bekri studied art in a number of different countries, including France, Holland, Italy and Russia.

He remained faithful to the Islamic artistic tradition of organic architectural decoration but enriched it with his own imagination. His is an extremely refined art form, and combines tradition with invention and modernity....

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Chinese, 13th – 14th century, male.

Born 1248, in Datong (Shanxi); died probably after 1310.

Painter.

Gao Kekong’s family were Muslim Uighurs from eastern Turkestan who had assimilated to Han culture. His father was a scholar from Datong, but he himself went to live in Wulin. Gao Kekong began his official career in ...

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Italian, 19th century, male.

Painter, watercolourist. Genre scenes.

Orientalism.

Antonio Gargiullo took advantage of the fascination with Islamic culture that was fashionable during the late 19th century, and painted local Orientalist scenes, often in watercolours.

Juler, Caroline: Les Orientalistes de l'école italienne, ACR Édition, Paris, 1994....

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Palestinian, 20th century, male.

Born 1944, in Esdoude.

Painter.

Hassan Tafish was a student at the faculty of fine arts in Cairo from 1967 to 1968, then studied the history of Islamic art at Budapest university in 1975. He is a member of the Arab Artists’ League. He has shown his works in solo exhibitions in Riyadh (...