Born in 1958 in Cairo, Egypt. Lives and works between Egypt and the Netherlands.

Essam Marouf graduated in 1981 from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Mural Painting Section, of Helwan University in Cairo. From 1982 until 1985, Essam studied at Accademia di Belle Arte in Rome, Italy.

Essam has held several solo and collective exhibitions around the world, they include: “Painting” at Dai Gallery in Cairo (2017); “The Sequence of Face” at Gallery Misr in Cairo (2015); “Painting… This Magnificent Way of Life” at Helga Hofman Gallery in Alphen aan den Rijn, NL (2014); Theatre in Pictures, Art from the ING Collection, Apeldoorn (2013); PAN Amsterdam with Helga Hofman Gallery (2012); IMA Paris (2012 and 2008); APB with Syra-Arts Gallery in Florida (2012); “Same People… Same Story”, Helga Hofman Gallery (2011); “Muse” at Museum M. Ghalil in Cairo (2011); Art Paris-Abu Dhabi with artsawa in Abu Dhabi (2009); “Undercurrent: Contemporary Egyptian Art”, artsawa, Dubai (2009); Art Amsterdam with Galerie Smarius (2008); “12|11|08” at artsawa in Dubai (2008); “L’Uomo del Mediterraneo”, Museum Complesso del Vittoriano in Rome (2007); “Other People” at Mashrabia Gallery in Cairo (2006); “Essam Marouf, Recent Work” at Galerie Witteveen in Amsterdam (2004); “A Moment out of Time, Outline, Amsterdam (2000); ‘Eeuwig Kwetsbaar” at the Museum of Religious Art, Uden (1998)