Zagreb art tours: Meštrović gallery

There are a couple of highlights for art enthusiasts when visiting Zagreb, and the gallery of Ivan Meštrović should be on top of that list. 

Parking in Tuškanac, I brought along my little one tucked in his stroller to the hills of Gornj Grad. As usual the warm terrace of Didov San restaurant was tempting but the priorities have been set for the pampering of the eyes and not the stomach. 



Gallery visit: Menci Clement Crnčić

One of the nicest things about Zagreb is the multitude of small museums and galleries scattered around the city, especially in Gornji Grad. Recently I visited the gallery showcasing the works of of Menci Clement Crnčić, and it is simply stunning.

Crnčić established himself as a marine artist with a series of paintings of the Istrian peninsula and the Adriatic coast. He was one of the founders of the first private painting school in Zagreb, which grew to become part of the Academy of Fine Arts, Zagreb. He taught there until the end of his life. He became a member of the Yugoslav Academy of Sciences and Arts in 1919, and was the Director of The Strossmayer Gallery of Old Masters from 1920-1928. (Wikipedia)

Check it out at Klovićevi Dvori Gallery, Jezuitski trg 4

16. 2. — 8. 5. 2016

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Desiging Broken Shadows

As mentioned earlier, I was happy to be part of the team bringing Broken Shadows to the light (pun intended)

I wanted a touch of geometric symmetry of Square Kufi and to try using it in Lain Alphabet. My target was to present something more sophisticated than a normal font and of course that the design is tailored specifically to the title, while maintaining the appeal to an international audience.

And it all begins with the pen and paper.


And then it turns out into this:

Broken effect

Broken Shadows by Tarek Refaat

I’m glad to post here that my friend Tarek Refaat has finally published his new book. Last Thursday was the unvailing and it was welcomed with great enthousiasm.

I hope you will like the design of the cover title, it is one of my trials in discovering usages of the Kufi script.

Stay tuned for the work progress!





BSCRTourButtonTitle: Broken Shadows


Author: Tarek Refaat


Release Date: April 8, 2016


Publisher: Red Sands Publishing


Genre: Thriller, Crime, Suspense, International


Book Description:

Broken hearts and dark shadows, will love ever find its way back to them?

Fifteen years ago, Heidi Aasar fled the country, hoping to make sense of the chaos that

surrounded her. A burned ex-operative, she refuses to continue hiding in the shadows.

She now has the chance to right the wrongs of her dark past. Determined to find a way to

redeem herself, she must first fix the loose threads she left behind so long ago.

A successful business owner, Nadim Mohamed Sharaf has done his best to move on after

his heart was broken fifteen years ago. In his mind, he has everything he could ever want

or need at his fingertips. Until the moment Heidi makes a sudden reappearance in his life.

It’s then everything around him changes.

A chain reaction of events soon turns Nadim and Heidi’s lives upside-down. Forced to

confront the turmoil brewing between them, they must put aside their differences if they

are to survive another day. The choices they’ll have to make will define the outcome of

the lives they lead.

Will they be able to overcome their painful and chaotic past? Or will the pain and

heartache consume them in the long run?


(Purchase links are not yet available.)






AFTER A LONG DAY AT WORK, Nadim stood in his office,

observing Cairo from the seventeen stories high window. The streets below were

crowded. He could see the people rushing to get back to their homes, eager for a little

respite from a hard day’s work.

Cabs pulled up to the curb along the two-way street to pick up clients and those eager to

get away from the ensuing chaos. People scurried about like rats trapped inside a maze.

Some greeted others in a timely fashion, while others grew surly and shouted obscenities.

Nadim smirked and shook his head. He was used to this scene spreading out before him.

It wouldn’t be long until he joined the ‘rats’ trapped in their own chaotic mazes. The

thought of making his way home appealed to him.

His mind wandered, trapping him in another maze. A maze that took him back fifteen

years. One that brought back memories he’d spent a lifetime trying to avoid. Memories

he wished he could forget, once and for all.

Nadim thought he’d forgotten all about her, the one woman who’d broken his heart.

She’d meant everything to him. He would have given her the world if she’d asked him to.

During his high school days, he’d been known as a playboy. A sweet-talker who’d gotten

exactly what he’d wanted. Charming and attentive, every girl in school came to him for

advice about guys. Most of them ended up hooking up with him.

He’d experienced the same throughout college and work until he’d met her. Beautiful and

brazen, she’d wrapped him around her finger. She’d drawn him in like a moth to flame,

inciting his baser desires. In the end, she’d played him like a smooth violin, cutting its

strings with a scalpel so that it made no noise, whatsoever.

Nadim growled with annoyance. He never thought he’d ever see her again. After fifteen

years, the bane of his existence had popped up in his life once more. Heidi had recently

dropped by his office for an interview.



Tarek Refaat is an Egyptian author born in October 1980. He comes from a family that

has diverse cultural roots, and has spent most of his adulthood between Saudi and Egypt,

until finally settling in Egypt.

Tarek is an avid reader of history, and has been into writing since a very young age. He

loves to describe the thoughts and feelings he’s experienced through words. He has

written poetry and prose, and decided as of 2009 to move forward into stories and novels.

Tarek has previously been published, and has also self-published. He views writing as his

aim to reach as many people through his thoughts, and provoke positive and hopeful

energy through his stories.








Calligraphy exhibition in Croatia recap

The Croatian capital witnessed a celebration of the fusion of Arabic calligraphy and music in December 2015 organized by the Egyptian embassy in Zagreb on the occasion of the day of the Arabic language . Egyptian artists participated with their work under the theme of songs by the iconic Um Kalthoum. Here is the recap:



The Art:

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The TV coverage:


The People:

  • Mohamed Abdel Aziz (curator and main mentor of the exhibition) : (Behance)
  • Ahmed Abdelhameed (Behance)
  • Hamada Al Roba
  • Hassanein Mokhtar
  • Hatem Arafa (Facebook – Behance)
  • Nihal Ramzy (Behance)
  • Doha Badr Eldin
  • Ahmed Abdel Mohsen
  • Ramy Essam
  • Hedaya Mostafa
  • Basma Kater
  • Kareem Marghany (Facebook)
  • Somaya Saber


البلاد - زنقة

سَأَضْرِبُ في طُولِ الْبِلاَدِ وَعَرْضِهَا أنالُ مرادي أو أموتُ غريبا
فإن تلفت نفسي فلله درُّها وَإنْ سَلِمَتْ كانَ الرُّجوعُ قَرِيباً

الإمام الشاقعي

(من موقع أدب)