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Iconographer Biography

Ashraf F Gerges was born in Egypt in 1965 and. he graduated from Ain Shames University in 1985. He then joined the Higher Institute of Coptic Studies to complete advanced studies in Coptic Iconography under the supervision of the late Dr Isaac Fanous a famous Iconographer.

In 1990 he obtained a Masters Degree in Coptic Iconography ‘The Meaning and Theology of Coptic Icons.’ Since then he was chosen to assist Dr Isaac Fanous in teaching Coptic Iconography at the Higher Institute of Coptic Studies.

He moved to Australia in 2002 and was chosen by His Grace Bishop Suriel, Bishop of Melbourne and affiliated regions to complete his mission in teaching and creating Coptic icons.

His work has been displayed in several exhibitions all over the world.

Over sixty Coptic churches around the world have been decorated by Icons created by Ashraf Gerges.

Ashraf is widely known among the others church denominations. Greek, Sweedish, Roman Catholic and French Orthodox churches are some examples. He has led teaching courses for the congregations of these churches and his Icons are displayed on their church walls.

The Orthodox Culture in Venice, Italy granted Ashraf Fayek with is silver medal in 1993 for his efforts in the field of Orthodox Studies.

History

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Since the first man knew the meaning of settling in groups, then the aspects of human civilization have started. Nile River has had an essential role in the Egyptian civilization which has developed generating all kinds of arts, science and literature.

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When Christianity entered Egypt through St. Mark the Apostle, it added perfection to the Egyptian culture which had had some defects, especially in terms of the existence of God, in addition to the sublime principles of Christianity concerning love, good, asceticism and mediation.

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These teachings enriched the thought of the old Egyptian artists, in which he found his long-desired objective, and which clarified the shortages in the awareness of the One God.

Painting, which has been known in the Egyptian culture, has developed, but it had another way different from the past, as a result of the change of the old doctrine. Then the Coptic icon has come out, which is a development of the old Egyptian painting.

The Coptic artist inherited from his fathers a lot of symbols, work styles, materials and colours. And the icon has had a new concept of faith. Learn More...

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