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Mo Negm
b. 1981, Egypt

"Above all, I'm inspired by what paint can accomplish; the shape, lines, texture, and color theory that I can combine to make a painting."

A self-taught, emerging artist, Mo Negm (aka mo*star art) is a British-Egyptian whose imaginative paintings have been described as “documentary impressionism”. Mo uses confident, gestural, searching brushstrokes and mark-making. His love for art came from his Graphic Designer Egyptian father. Mo and his twin brother grew up drawing, surrounded by pen and paper.

Mo was the first painter to be interviewed on BBC World News’ Impact, with his Egypt revolution inspired paintings projected as the News Studio background. He also did live painting for Dulux and Amnesty International. As a versatile expressive painter, his artwork speaks about socio-political, human issues, his heritage, and a lifetime of learning Arabic.

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Over 3 solo exhibitions
Over 38 group exhibitions
Media coverage
Works on commission

Artist Statement


My art is inspired by identity, socio-political events, and engaging with new experiences. As a young artist of Arab heritage, many natural inspirations add to the western influence I can draw on, through my lens as a British Egyptian. I find expression through my background, as an Egyptian, which offers many experiences to inform my art, and to encounter and challenge my identity through contemplation of issues I find myself thinking of.  I enjoy the element of discovery when painting, experimenting with techniques, and sometimes giving the paint freedom to choose its own paths.
In recent years, I have felt impassioned, and my art has served to document my feelings throughout the seismic changes in Egypt and the Middle East, painting many pictures drawn from my emotive response.


Solo Exhibitions

2021 'Pictures Reimagined', P21 Gallery, London
2019 'Picture Fragments', The Curve Gallery and Cultural Centre, Berkshire.
2016 'Emotive Memories', Rich Mix Gallery, London, UK (first solo exhibition, curated by Arts Canteen).

Group Exhibitions

2021 'Prime', Lemonade Gallery, Windsor, UK
2019 Prime, (Open Studios – Windsor Art Trail, Lemonade Gallery, Windsor, UK
2018 Selfie, Candid Arts Trust, London, UK
2018 Liminality, The Locale, Cass, Glasgow, UK
2018 Prime, Lemonade Gallery, Windsor, UK
Open Studios, Prime, Windsor, UK 
2016 The Key, Riverside Church, New York City, USA (travelling exhibition)
2016 The Key, Nile Gallery, Cairo, Egypt
2016 The Key, St James's Church, London, UK
2015 Where Have You Been, Core at Nolia’s Gallery, London, UK
Like, ArtSpace, London, UK
2014 Reflections on Traditionalism and Heritage, Grosvenor Marriot, London, UK
2014 Faites Vos Jeux, Espacio Gallery, London, UK
2013 Crossways / Al Multaqa at Nour Festival of Arts, Leighton House Museum, London, UK
2013 An Exhibition Dedicated to The Children of Egypt, Egyptian Cultural Centre, Egypt
2013 Arab Youth Symposium, The Iraqi Cultural Centre, London, UK
2013 Kaleidoscope, Espacio Gallery, London, UK
2012  Digital Sizzle, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK
2012 Dahab International Art Festival, Underwater Artists, Dahab, South Sinai
2012 Amnesty International, Human Rights Revolution, Trafalgar Square Live Painting, London, UK
2012 'Rise', Core, Nolia’s Gallery, London, UK
2012 Music for Children, The Tabernacle, Notting Hill, London, UK
2012 'Eclectica', Espacio Gallery, London, UK
2012 'Transformations', Espacio Gallery, London, UK
2011 'Urban Dialogues', Red Gallery, London, UK
2011 Dulux ‘Let’s Colour’. Live public painting and exhibition, Westfield, London, UK
2011 'Cuts', University of London Night of the Arts, Ideas Bank, Slough, UK            
2010 'Relay', Core Gallery, Deptford London, UK 
2010 'Opening', Hatch Space Gallery, Deptford London, UK
2010 'Barriers and Bridges', Candid Arts Gallery, London, UK
2010 Ideas Bank, Slough, UK
2010 'Draw a Smile for a Child', City of London School Theatre, London, UK
2009 'Artifice', Bash, London, UK
2009 'Walou 09', Exhibition and Auction, Blackhall Studios, Shoreditch, London, UK
2009 'Muju Upstarts Festival', Tricycle Theatre, Kilburn London, UK
2009 'Colours of Asia', auction towards humanitarian aid, Mayfair Hotel, London, UK
2009 'Art of Arabia', Queen Mary's University Art Exhibition, London, UK
2008 Kensington Olympia Expo, 'Young British Muslim Artists', London, UK
2008 'Walou 08', Exhibition and Auction, Islington Arts Factory, London, UK
2008 'Emerald 50', Empress State Building, London, UK
2007 Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art, Paintings on the railings, Glasgow, Scotland

Press and publications

2016 Al Jazeera News, feature artist's interview
2016 Al Ghad Al Araby, Live newsfeed of Emotive Memories solo exhibition
2015 Al Arte Magazine, featured interview piece
2013 BBC World News, featured Interview live on "Impact"
2012 Aslan Media, featured Interview piece
2012 Ahram Online, featured Interview piece
2011 Art of England Magazine (Nov), Bikya Masr (Nov), Arab News (Nov)
2010 Emel Magazine, November issue
2009 "City of Minarets II" voted (by the Scottish public) for the SFI's 2010 Calendar