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Egyptian Artist at Disney, DreamWorks, Warner Bros and Universal Studios Dies at 64

August 25, 2015
Hani el-Masri, award winning Egyptian artist has raised Egypt’s name around the biggest studios in the US.

After almost four decades of contributing to the local and international art scene of illustration, graphic design, as well as advertising and promotion, but most prominently after being the Egyptian whose name is forever engraved in history as one of Walt Disney’s and DreamWorks’ artists, Egyptian Hani el-Masri passed away on Monday night at the age of 64 after battling leukemia, leaving behind a legend to honor, and many mourning fans. Among the zillions of children who grew up watching Walt Disney’s animated movies, and dreaming of the day when they would be part of the teams bringing such artworks to the big screens, Hani was one of the few who refused to succumb to the challenges that emerged from the collision between reality and dreams. However, in order to do so, he had to swim against several tides. The Early Years and Pursuit of Art “Ever since I was a child, what brought me the greatest joy was drawing, and I realized early on that I was going to be an artist,” said Hani during his 2014 TEDxCairo talk. “That’s why I started focusing on all the things that…

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