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Wissa Wassef
Arts Center




Born in Cairo 1911:
1917-1928 Attended the Lycee Francais School in Cairo
1929 Went to France and studied architecture at the Ecole Des Beaux Arts in Paris and attended sculpture lessons in the "Academie Jullian."
1935 Received his BA diploma in architecture. His graduation project "A potter's house in old Cairo" received first prize by the examination board.
1936 Returned to Cairo, joined the colledge of "Fine Arts" architecture department and taught art and the history of architecture.
1940 Proceeded with this career as an architect and designed several private houses, schools and churces in Egypt, always respectin and adding to the traditional character.
1948 Married Sophie Habib Gorgy.
1951 Bought a piece of land in Harrania to start his art centre.
1956-1957 First local exhibition in Cairo, Alexandria and Ismailia.
1958 First international weaving exhibtion, held in Switzerland.
1961 Received a national prize for his stained glass windows made for Cairo National Festival Hall.
1962 Commissioned to design Mahmoud Mokhtar Sculpture Museum in Cairo.
1963 Introduced the fine cotton weaving.
1964 Introduced Batik to the children.
1969 Retired form the College of Fine Art as a head of the architecture department to dedicate more time to the art centre.
1970 Completes all the buildings in the art centre.
1974 Ramses Wissa Wassef dies at the age of 63


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