Mostafa Darwish immigrated to the United States from Egypt and is currently based in Philadelphia. He graduated in 2016 from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts with a bachelor’s degree and certificate of fine arts in painting. There he was distinguished with the Faculty Award for outstanding growth and community involvement, and awarded other academic awards. In the most recent years, Mostafa has been a curator, where he curated multiple emerging artists, group exhibitions, and projects. In 2019, he founded the “Codex Project”, which displays 20 artist art books annually in galleries. Mostafa is a recent awardee of the “New Mary Butler Purchase Award” in 2020, as he becomes the first Egyptian – American artist, to have his work purchased and becoming a part of the Pennsylvania Academy of fine arts museum permanent collection. Mostafa won multiple awards, grants and residencies throughout his career in art, most notable being awarded the residency at WASSAIC in 2019, Vermont Studio Center residency in 2018, and the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant in 2018. Mostafa’s current work focuses on bringing his own experience of a different culture and exposure into a western environment, contrasting both East and West together to draw attention to political, cultural, and societal dissidence. Mostafa’s mediums vary from experimental gouache and inks on paper, academic and classical oil paintings, to sound and music-based video art, and installation art.