Visual arts are the ultimate encounter, in which both the Macrocosm (the Universe) and the Microcosm (humankind) interact in ways that are most comprehensive and most concentrated. The paradox for visual artists is that they receive life from art, even as they themselves bestow life to their materials when they create art. The visual arts present themselves for contemplation, transcending confines of space and time. For those who love art, experiences of the visual arts provide inspiration and illumination in a most mystical manner.
Name and Surname: Joseph Toufic El-Jamous (monk Grigorios Sinaite).
Date and Place of Birth: Aug. 16th, 1966. Amman, Jordan.
Nationality: Greek and Lebanese.
Education: BA in English literature with honours degree – Yarmouk University, Jordan. Web design course of 40 hours at Ottawa Cultural Centre, Jordan. Several foreign languages courses at institutes and cultural centres in Jordan, Greece and the Ukraine.
Art Education: Two weeks drawing and free sketch seminar with a Japanese teacher in Amman, Jordan in 1991. Intensive iconography and icon restoration seminars on Mt. Athos, Greece by monks and other lay experts. Since 2003 every year for two months an intensive mosaic seminar by mosaicist Magdalene Theocharis, Athens – Greece. Two months intensive drawing and painting regular lessons at Liceo Artistico De Nittis in Bari - Italy in 2007. Two intensive and advanced mosaic seminars and two beginners and advanced affresco seminars at the International School for the Study of Mosaics (S.I.S.A.M) Ravenna, Italy for the period between Aug. 25th – Sept. 19th, 2008. Restoration of floor mosaics seminar for a month (July 4th – August 4th 2009) at the Madaba Institute for Mosaic Art and Restoration, Madaba, Jordan. The Technique and Technology of Icon-Painting Workshop (1st – 8th August,2011) under the guidance of the icon-painter Radoslav Hristov at Monastery St, Catherine, Sinai, Egypt.
Employment: Translator and secretary for a private Jordanian company. For the last fourteen years I have been living as a monk at St. Catherine’s Monastery on Mt. Sinai.
Exhibitions: Participated in group visual arts contests-exhibitions held by Parnassos Philological Society in Athens in the years 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010. Participated in the group exhibition held by the Egyptian Cultural Centre of the Egyptian Embassy in Athens together with the Cultural Association “The Skoubi” of Andros Island in Greece with the theme “Art Unites Egypt with Greece” 12th -19th February 2009. Participated in the following group exhibitions in Italy: in the international art exhibition 3rd – 29th April organized by Taormina gallery in Messina with the theme “Eros and Thanatos” with, group exhibition of 18 artists entitled “the Masters of Fantasy” May 2nd – 21st , 2009 organized by Tuttarte Gallery, Cappacio Scalo of Salerno, group exhibition Premio Internazionale D’Arte Perla Dell’Adriatico Grottammare III Edition 9th – 23rd May, 2009 organized by La Tavolozza Centre of Art and Culture and the Municipality of Grottammare of Ascoli Piceno, Italy with a mini personal of three paintings. Participated in the Athens Fringe Festival 2009 with the theme “Athens Belongs to Us!” 15th – 21st June held by Cultural Association ‘Synthesis’ in Athens, Greece. Paticipated in the 1st International Compitition of Modern Art “Natale di Praeneste” held by Cultural Association of Athena Arte (Genzano of Rome) 30th May – 7th June, 2009 in Palestrina, Italy. Participated in the Competition-Exhibition of Art “Past, Present, Future” 21st June – 20th July, 2009 curated by Milanese art curator and critic Sabrina Falzone in Desenzano Del Garda (BS), Italy. Participated in the art competition-exhibition Premio Citta di Porto Sant’ Elpidio, X edition 13th – 27th June, 2009 organized by La Tavolozza Centre of Art and Culture and the Municipality of Porto Sant’Elpidio of Ascoli Piceno, Italy. Participated in the art competition-exhibition Premio Montecalvo Arte “Arte in Festa” 3rd – 10th July, 2009 patronized by the Municipality of Foglia (PU), Italy. Participated in the Second International Exhibition of Contemporary Art “City of Nemi” 4th – 12th July, 2009 organized by Associazione Arte Mediterranea and Atelier Ivana Barsciglie, Nemi, Italy. Participating in the first edition of “1° Biennale d’Arte - Premio Centauressa d’Oro” 26th July – 14th August, 2009 organized by Associazione Culturale Dionysos and patronized by the municipality of Taormina and the Cultural Assesorate of Messina’s Province of Sicily, Italy. Participated in the Painting Competition the third edition 25th – 31 July organized by Associazione Culturale Mnemosine and patronized by the municipality of Servigliano of Ascoli Piceno, Italy. Participated in the group exhibition "Premio Terra vecchia in folk" 26th – 30th August, 2009 organized by Associazione Galleria Amici dell'Arte in Castelnuovo della Daunia and Associazione Culturale Terra Mia, Pietramontecorvino ( Foggia ), Italy. Participated in the figurative arts exhibition "Volare per Creare" 23rd – 30th August, 2009 held by Parco Museo Jalari, Barcellona P.G. (Messina), Italy. Participated in the First Edition of Premio Citta Di Foglizzo visual arts contest 16th – 20th March, 2010 held by the Cultural Association "Imagine Arte", Foglizzo (Torino), Italy. Participated in the "International Exhibition Italia Arte 2010", 10th – 30th April, 2010 and nominated as an honour guest by Italia Arte (Comunicazione Integrata), Torino, Italy. Participated in "Intempora" II Edition art exhibition held from June 6th to 13th, 2010 by the cultural association Il Cenacolo, San Gimigniano (Siena), Italy. Participated in the art competition "Arte in Opera" held from July 10th to August 8 th, 2010 by the International Cultural Musical Association Nausica Opera, Parma, Italy. Participated in the visual art festival "You Are Passing on the Other Side" July – September 2010 held by Ash In Art Association in Syros, Kos, Greece. Participated in the international 6th Exhibition of Mosaics 18th August – 30 September 2010 organized by the Mediterranean Mosaic Centre of Dion , Dion, Greece. Participated in the international group exhibition "Friendship Through Art Can Change the World" 1-15 September 2010 held by Center of Arts Four Seasons, Athens, Greece. Paricipated in the group exhibition "Il Risveglio dell'Arte", 2nd Edition, held on the 19th of September 2010 by the Department of Culture of the Municipality of Limena (Padova), Italy.Participated in the 2nd International Competition of Contemporary Art "All United" held from September 30th to October 15th 2010 by GEMLUC anticancer organization, Monte Carlo, Monaco. Participated in the 12th International Mosaic Exhibition "Antique Mosaic Meets Contemporary Mosaic" held 1 – 10 October 2010 by AIMC (Associazione Internazionale Mosaicisti Contemporanei) in Athens, Greece. Participated in the group exhibition "Parallel Roads" 1st Edition held on 16th – 31st May 2011 by the Association of Plastic Artists of Northern Greece (SKETBE), Thessaloniki, Greece. Participated in the group exhibition "AthensArt Philanthropic Exhibition" held on 15th – 30th June, 2011 by Centre of Arts 4 Seasons in Vienna, Austria. Participated in Florence Biennial of Contemporary Art 2011 held on 3rd – 11th September, 2011 by Arte Studio, Florence, Italy. Participated in the group exhibition “Egyptian Cultural Week in Athens in Honour of Naguib Mahfouz” held in 5th – 10th December, 2011 by the Cultural Attache of the Cultural Centre of the Egyptian Embassy in Athens and Centre of Arts 4 Seasons in Athens, Greece. Participated in the group exhibition “AthensArt International Arts Event Rostov on Don” held on 14th – 30th September, 2011 by Mitrofan Grekov Museum and Centre of Arts 4 Seasons in Novocherkassk, Russia. Participated in the group art exhibition “Korinthia 2011” held on 21st – 25th September 2011 by Epsilon Art Studio and Gallery, Loutraki, Greece. Participated in the group exhibition “AthensArt International Festival Izmail/Ukraine 2011” held on 15th May – 15th June, 2012 by Izmail Picture Gallery and Centre of Arts 4 Seasons, Izmail, Ukraine.
Awards: Honorable mention in decorative arts for my decorative mosaics by Parnassos Philological Society in Athens, 2009. Special Award of the Jury of Premio Internazionale D’Arte Perla Dell’Adriatico Grottammare III Edition 9th – 23rd May, 2009 organized by La Tavolozza Centre of Art and Culture and the Municipality of Grottammare of Ascoli Piceno, Italy.
“Premio di Rappresentanza della Provincia di Ascoli Piceno” (Award of Representation of Ascoli Piceno Province” in the art competition-exhibition Premio Citta di Porto Sant’ Elpidio, X edition 13th – 27th June, 2009 organized by La Tavolozza Centre of Art and Culture and the Municipality of Porto Sant’Elpidio (Ascoli Piceno), Italy. Award in mosaic art by Parnassos Philological Society in Athens, Greece 2010. Award in iconography by the Association of Plastic Artists of Northern Greece (SKETBE), Thessaloniki, Greece 2011.
Publications: A chap book of poems with the title Vandalic published by the Plowman, Canada.
Teaching: Mosaic technique lessons for the students of Liceo Artistico De Nittis, Bari - Italy for two months.
Memberships: Member of L'Atelier D'Alexandrie, Groupement D'Artistes et D'Ecrivains, Alexandria, Egypt.
Honorary member of Associazione Culturale Galleria Amici dell’Arte, Castelnuovo della Daunia (Foggia), Italy.
Member of the cultural association Il Cenacolo, San Gimigniano (Siena), Italy.
Egyptian Translators and Linguists Association, Cairo, Egypt.
Member of the Mosaic Association of Greece, Athens, Greece.
Joseph Grigorios El Jamous,
℅ 18 Midan El Daher,
Res. Phone: 0020693470345. Fax: 0020693470349.
Joseph Grigorios El Jamous (Monk Grigorios Sinaite)