Faried Omarah is a Egyptian architectural engineer, but first, more importantly, and most of all he is an artist. He is fascinated with ideas. How to deliver ideas in the simplest way possible to reach all kinds of minds. Once he hears or reads a new concept he immediately, involuntarily imagine how it could be simplified, purified, and delivered in an artistic form. he is inspired by almost everything. Usually, ideas hit him unannounced and in the strangest of all places and times. More often than not ideas come to him, not the other way around.
Team Salaamy: You follow a dark theme in many of your artworks even though the messages you deliver are full of light, what’s the story behind this fusion of darkness and light?
Faried Omarah: I do tend to follow a dark theme in my work, mainly for two reasons: the first is simple and that is because I find peace in simple and dark moods. The second is a sort of challenge I put up for myself to limit the effect and feeling of each artwork to the idea and concept, not the apparent look.
Team Salaamy: You are a man of ideas, how do you manage your mind which is surrounded by so many ideas and concepts?
Faried Omarah: I believe in transferable knowledge, that is certain things one might learn from one place and find a great chance for it to grow somewhere else. Add reading to that and one can come across many worlds with many ideas that inspire the mind.
Team Salaamy : Freedom is a state of mind ,do you think anyone is free today?
Faried Omarah: It’s an irony that all sorts of technologies of today that would have allowed for minds to free itself caused us to sink further away from freedom. Probably so few of us today are free-minded contrary to what we claim. This is where art comes in to try to free our minds.
Team Salaamy: Do you think your brush is your weapon and what change can you bring to society with this weapon?
Faried Omarah: I do believe so. Changing minds lead to changing everything else, and changing the mind can in a way be done through art.
Team Salaamy : How does art help to cope up with all the loneliness in the world?
Faried Omarah: It lets us know that what we feel is shared between so many people all over this world. We’re all the same in a way. It also gives us the chance to see our loneliness in others being dealt with and sometimes overcome. It gives us hope that we too can.
Team Salaamy : What is more beautiful, the stars or Roses?
Faried Omarah: Everything is beautiful and normal and ugly under certain light. Nothing is anything in the absolute.
Team Slaamy : What message do you want to deliver through your art?
Faried Omarah: Each artwork is a different story with a different message. Sometimes even one artwork is the exact opposite of the next. But isn’t this the way our minds and thoughts work?
Team Salaamy: How do you connect the broken pieces of your heart to make a beautiful artwork?
Faried Omarah: There is beauty in pain. And there is ugliness in it too. Looking away from one and into the other is art.
Team Salaamy : How is the art scene in Egypt and life as an artist?
Faried Omarah: I have always believed Egypt is full of great minds. Maybe it’s the love of one’s home, but I am an introvert in a way that limits my overall view on the art scene except for books and the internet.
Team Salaamy : When did you realise you are an artist?
Faried Omarah: I have always loved art, and never have I ever thought I might become one. I was good at physics and math in school and viewed art as something other people do, only to grow out of this to believe everyone has an artist inside of them. It just happens that some never get out.
Team Salaamy : What tools and techniques do you use in your artworks?
Faried Omarah: Many techniques. Sometimes I draw by hand, or by CAD computer-assisted drawing tools, or editing photographs. Whatever I need to reach the end goal.
Team Salaamy :What is your advice to beginners in the art field?
Faried Omarah: Learn everything but settle for nothing less than finding your own true voice.
Team Salaamy : What is the secret behind your success as an artist?
Faried Omarah: I can only thank Allah for giving me the way my mind sees things and the luck to be able to share it and see it appreciated by many.