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Deutsche Bank's Artist of the Year is Egypt's Basim Magdy

After a hit exhibition at this year's D-CAF, Basim Magdy has been recognised by the influential bank.

You may have seen his enchanting work at D-CAF last month, but we're not the only ones taken aback by the work of Egyptian artist Basim Magdy, who was brought in for the festival by Pro Helvetia Cairo. The man is no stranger to internationally acclaimed awards having previously won the Abraj Art Award in Dubai. This multi-talented artist has struck again winning 2016’s 'Artist of the Year' by Deutsche Bank and will be holding a solo exhibition at the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle in Berlin for Spring 2016.

The award, launched in 2010 is quite specific, targeting contemporary artists who have managed to create an oeuvre using paper and photography to create a socially relevant artistic piece. Artists are chosen by the Deutsche Bank Global Art Advisory Council's renowned group of curators. The bank has gone on to explain that its interest in having a helping hand in the art world is due to its strong belief that art promotes solution-based thinking and aids creative thinking.

Born in Assuit in 1977, Magdy recieved his BFA in painting from Helwan University moving on to develop his work using different medians. Magdy continues to hold high rank amongst the international community with his work already displayed in New York and at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw as well as having participated in international exhibitions such as La Biennale de Montreal.

Check out Magdy’s website here.