ISAAC FANOUS (1919-2007)
An Educator and founder of contemporary Coptic art. He was born on 19 December 1919 in Cairo. He obtained a bachelor of arts degree from the Higher School of Applied Art of Cairo in 1941 and a diploma in art education from the Institute of Education of Cairo in 1946. He worked in both the Coptic Museum and the Egyptian Museum. He joined the Higher Institute of Coptic Studies in 1954 and obtained his doctorate in 1958. In the 1960s, he studied and trained in Paris under the famous Russian iconographer Leonid Uspensky. After 1967, he taught at the Higher Institute of Coptic Studies.
He founded the School of Contemporary Coptic Art, which attempts to provide a conscious fusion of ancient Egyptian and Coptic conventions with contemporaneous twist. The icons of Isaac Fanous and his pupils have spread to many of the Coptic churches in Egypt, and can be found in most of the churches that the Coptic emigrants established in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Europe.