Self-Portrait With Selected Heroes
Mixed Media on Canvas
A very personal piece for Ganzeer, this painting depicts the artist kicking it with one of his greatest heroes, Jean-Michel Basquiat painted in the style he liked to depict himself. On Ganzeer's mind is the great Jack Kirby, the artist behind Captain America, the Fantastic Four, Thor and the entire foundation of the Marvel Universe. On Ganzeer's T-shirt are the names of 4 of his favorite Egyptian artists and friends: Ammar [Abo Bakr], Hany [Rashed], Aya [Tarek], and Huda [Lutfi]. Elsewhere on the painting, one can see the artist's journey from Tahrir Square in Cairo all the way to his current stomping grounds at 8 Street Station in New York City, not far from Basquiat's old home and studio.