Mohamed Sabaawi is a creative realist painter.  His work in oil encompasses portraits, figures and landscapes.

Mohamed Sabaawi began his art studies as a young man in Alexandria, Egypt with Seif Wanly, who introduced modern art to Egypt. Under family pressure, he interrupted his formal study of fine arts to become a medical doctor, practicing psychiatry for almost 30 years in the U.S. In the last decade he revived his focus on the arts, studying among noted American artists in the arts community of Asheville, North Carolina.

Mohamed’s decades in psychiatry attuned his senses to emotional nuance; this aptitude finds new expression in the way he identifies and interprets on canvas the essence of his subjects. His work has been characterized as emotionally resonant, uniting the truth of a realistic representation with psychological and spiritual intuition. Exquisite sensitivity to color value and light and the expressiveness of his brushwork are the foundation of his appealing and characteristic style.

Today he works from a studio and gallery space in the historic center of Bordighera, in the Liguria region of Italy. He spends part of the year in Asheville, where since summer of 2017 he shares a studio in the River Arts District with like-minded painters.


2019 -US Embassy
Pristina, Kosovo
Art in Embassies ProgramInvitational
Jun 21 - 23, 2019The Saints of Paint
Asheville, NC
A Pastoral PaletteInvitational
Oct 26-28, 2018Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation Benefit
Asheville, NC
Of Valley & RidgeInvitational
Sep 7 - Oct 7, 2018Grand Bohemian Gallery
Asheville, NC
Animalia ChordataInvitational
Oct 27 - 29, 2017RiverLink Benefit
Asheville, NC
Of Time and the River IVInvitational
Oct 14 - Nov 19, 2017Oratorio di San Bartolomeo
Bordighera, Italy
Per le palme perdute Group
Oct 7 - Nov 9, 2017Badalucco Art Gallery
Badalucco, Italy
Visioni di Liguria Solo
Jun 3 - 18, 2017Badalucco Art Gallery
Badalucco, Italy
Visioni di Liguria Best in Show
Jun 2 - 12, 2017Centro Culturale ex-Chiesa Anglicana
Bordighera, Italy
La Rinascita in Luce Solo
Nov 26 - 30, 2015Studio d’Arte
Via Dritta, Bordighera
Oct 23 - 30, 2015Il Cantinone
Biella, Italy
L'Alchimia d'Italia:
Primi Impressioni
Jul 23 - Aug 6, 2015Il Giardino Dipinto
Bordighera, Italy
Dipinti Group
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