Ganzeer is the pseudonym used by an Egyptian artist who has gained mainstream fame in Egypt and internationally following the 2011 Egyptian Revolution. Prior to the revolution, Ganzeer’s popularity was widespread yet limited to the spheres of art and design. Ganzeer’s artwork has touched on the themes of civic responsibility and social justice and has been critical of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, or SCAF, which has ruled Egypt since the February 2011 resignation of former president Hosni Mubarak. Ganzeer means “chain” in Arabic. He is a regular contributor to the online magazine Rolling Bulb. Described by Bidoun Magazine as a “Contingency Artist,” Ganzeer is quite accustomed to adopting completely new styles, techniques, and mediums to adapt to the topic he is tackling at any given time. The Huffington Post has placed him on a list of “25 Street Artists from Around the World Who Are Shaking Up Public Art,” while Al-Monitor.com has placed him on a list of “50 People Shaping the Culture of the Middle East.” He is one of the protagonists in a critically acclaimed documentary titled Art War by German director Marco Wilms. Ganzeer was also cited by German Arte as one of Egypt’s highest-selling living artists today.

Books by Ganzeer