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Inji Efflatoun

Born on 16 April 1924 in Cairo, Egypt, Inji Efflatoun was a painter, feminist and political activist. She received her secondary education at the Lycée Français in Cairo before joining the Faculty of Arts at Cairo University at the beginning of the 1940's. She studied painting under the artists Kamel el-Tilmisani, Margo Veillon and Hamed Abdalla. Between 1942 and 1943 she exhibited with the Egyptian Surrealist Group "Art and Liberty." In 1959, she was imprisoned for four and a half years and painted throughout her incarceration. Efflatoun's paintings are strongly inspired by the social reality of the Egyptian working class and prison life, with a special focus on women and their daily struggle. Efflatoun died on 17 April 1989 in Cairo, Egypt.
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