The Cave of Swimmers Collection - 2010
Series of paintings inspired by the swimming figures found in the "Cave of Swimmers" in the Sahara.
The remote Cave of Swimmers is located at Wadi Sura in the mountainous Gilf Kebir plateau of the Sahara, in southwest Egypt near the Libyan border. The main painted caves were discovered by the Hungarian explorer László Almásy.
While crossing the sands of the desert, Almásy heard from the Bedouins ancient legends told in the cold nights around the fire, over a legendary place, the lost oasis of Zerzura, which was said to be a secret place guarded by a great white bird and that only the bravest could access. It was full of treasures and there lay a sleeping queen who could only be awakened with a kiss.
During one of the explorations in search of the mythical lost oasis of Zerzura and after overcoming the plateau of the Uweinat, in the mountains of Gilf Kebir, Almásy found the Cave of Swimmers.
The paintings are estimated to have been created during the Neolithic 8,000 years ago.