Hussein Amin Bicar (born on January 2nd, 1913 in Alexandria and deceased on November 16, 2002) was one of Egypt’s most outstanding artists of the 20th century. He graduated from the Cairo Higher School of Fine Arts in 1934, and then went on to spend over 60 years of his life teaching art at schools and universities and then through the press. He took credit for starting a style of journalistic art that saw illustrating for news papers rise to a level close to that of the fine art.
Bicar was known for his simple and clear style which reflected the influence of Pharaonic art with its harmony, serenity and mystic.
His journalistic contributions included not only illustrations but also art criticism and narrative poetry.
Hussein Bicar became the first Egyptian artist to illustrate Arabic children’s books, playing a leading role in establishing and promoting this field.
As for his portraits and oil paintings, they depicted graceful Egyptian peasants, Nubian scenes, Alexandria and Pharaonic themes as well as his elegant, gracious nature. He was greatly acknowledged for his art.
Late journalist Mustafa Amin described Hussein Bicar with the following words: “He is not a single artist, he is a master of several arts…he is a painter, photographer, poet, musician and philosopher”.
Google’s doodle for today honors Hussein Amin Bicar on his 104th birthday.