George Bahgoury – 2022

The Farouk Hosny Foundation for Culture and Arts announces the unanimous approval of its Board of Trustees on the nomination of the renowned Egyptian Fine Artist, George Bahgoury, for the first edition of the foundation’s Grand Merit Award for the year 2022, with a value of LE.100,000.

Bahgoury was be awarded at the foundation’s Third Round of the Art Awards Ceremony for the Year 2022 on March 7, 2022 at El-Gezira Arts Center in Zamalek, under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture.

Distinguished Author Mohamed Salmawy, Secretary-General of the Grand Merit Award and a member of the foundation’s Board of Trustees, stated that the Grand Merit Award is distinct from the other foundation’s Art Awards as it will be granted to eminent Egyptian figures in honor of their great achievements in the fields of Art including visual arts, literature and music, and their outstanding contributions in enriching Egypt’s cultural arena. Therefore, unlike the other awards that are granted to young artists, the Grand Merit Award is presented to leading figures in their fields, as a tribute and praise to their notable achievements. 

In his statement of the reasons for the nomination of Bahgoury for the award, Salmawy explained that George Bahgoury is a genuine Egyptian artist who painted hundreds – or even thousands – of paintings throughout a lifetime spanning nearly a century.  He stated that Bahgoury’s paintings depict the Egyptian reality and embody many prominent Egyptian symbols, in addition to being praised in Egypt and abroad, especially in France, where Bahgoury lived for years. 

George Abdel-Masih Al-Bahjouri

Personal data
Nickname: George Bahgoury
Date of birth: 12/13/1932
Place of birth: Luxor
Specialization: photography


Diploma in Fine Arts, Cairo Studio Picard, Department of Painting, 1955.
The School of Fine Arts, Paris, Marsam Yankel, France, 1971.
Diploma in Los Angeles.

Jobs and occupations undertaken by the artist
He practiced caricatures in Rosa El-Youssef and Sabah El-Kheir magazines from 1953 to 1975 – Cairo

The places where the artist lived


Menoufia (Menouf)
Paris since 1975