Ahmed Moustafa Man in a rocking chair for Bonhams Dubai Art Auction

A work by Ahmed Moustafa Egypt’s leading contemporary artist will be one of the star lots in Bonhams next sale of Middle Eastern Contemporary art in Dubai on October 11.

‘Man in a rocking chair’ was executed early on in the artist’s early career and is estimated to sell for $180,000-$240,000 at the Bonhams auction in Dubai. Bonhams latest sale of South Asian and Middle East Art at the Royal Mirage Hotel in Dubai is proving to be a showcase for leading Egyptian artists.

Ahmed Moustafa was born in Egypt in 1943 and started his artistic life as a figurative artist in the classical European tradition. As a young man his works received high praise and he was awarded numerous prizes for his paintings and sculpture, including prizes at the Alexandria biennials of 1968 and 1973. He moved to the UK in 1974 and it was there that he returned to his Islamic roots and developed his characteristic style based on texts and the script of the Qur’an. He has had a number of exhibitions in Britain and throughout the Middle East and his works can be found in some of the most important collections in the Middle East and beyond.

Bonhams Head of Contemporary South Asian and Middle East Art, Mehreen Rizvi, comments: “We are very pleased with the offering in this sale with its very strong works by Egypt’s leading artists. If current trends continue I expect an exciting sale with more records achieved. It gives Bonhams great satisfaction to promote Egyptian art and that of the Middle East and South Asia, bringing this work to the wider world’s attention via sales in London, New York as well as Dubai.”


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