Sharkawy was born in Qena, Upper Egypt in 1982. He began painting four years ago while assisting in a workshop at the Townhouse Gallery lead by artists Huda Lutfi and Yasser Gerab. His exposure to a variety of artists’ styles and approaches led him eventually to develop his own visual vocabulary, working independently first from home and later, in a studio space he acquired on the gallery's third floor. Sharkawy currently resides in Cairo where he is an instructor at the Townhouse’s Friday Workshops programme for working children. el daba is the artist's first exhibition.