Artist Statement

Being an Iraqi born artist residing currently in the United States, many experiences have influenced the evolution of my art and reshaped it accordingly. The multi-cultural background offered me wide and analytical vision in approaching the humanistic issues that help to make –here and there- better place to live in.

Artist Biography


2004 MFA, Academy of Fine Arts, Baghdad university / Baghdad

2002 Diploma in French language / Cultural French Center / Baghdad.

2000 BA, Academy of Fine Arts, Baghdad University / Baghdad.

1989 B.Sc, college of Engineering, Baghdad University.


Solo Exhibitions

2018 September, Solo Exhibition (16x20x20), The Jerusalem Fund Gallery Al-Quds. Washington-DC, USA.

2018 March 1st, Solo Exhibition (Let’s Begin…Again), Alexander Salazar-Fine Art Gallery, San Diego, California, USA.

2016 February 12th, Solo Exhibition (LOVERS), Alexander Salazar-Fine Art Gallery, San Diego, California, USA.

2015 November 5th, Solo Exhibition (You…&I), E C Gallery, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

2014 November 1st, Solo Exhibition (Deferred Dreams), Syra Art Gallery, Washington –DC, USA.

2014 October 16, Two Artist Exhibit( Encoded Histories) with Doris Bittar, San Diego Mesa College, San Diego- CA, USA.

2014 October, Two Artist Exhibit (Spotlight on Iraq) with Adeeb Makki, Southwestern College, San Diego- CA, USA.

2014 March, Solo Exhibition (Return to the Garden of Eden) Iraqi Cultural Center, Washington DC- USA.

2013 Sep., Solo Exhibition (Colorful Concepts) Ro’iya Art Studio- Jeddah, Kingdom Saudi of Arabia.

2012 Sep., Solo Exhibition (The Struggle for Survival), Foresight Art Gallery/ Amman- Jordan.

2012 Jan., Personal Exhibition (Reconciliation with Oneself), Arts Gallery/ Abduallh Salim- Kuwait.

2012; Solo Exhibition (Who Knows What the Hoopoe Said?), 4-Walls Art Gallery- Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

2010 Dec., Solo Exhibition (The Lost Paradise), Orient Art Gallery, Amman-Jordan.

2009 Aug.-Sep., Solo exhibition (Endless Peace) at United Nation Headquarter in New York.

2009 May, Solo Exhibition (Secrets of the other half), Cirello Gallery, San Diego, California, USA.

2008 July, Solo Exhibition (Love and Peace), Endangered Planet gallery, Laguna beach, CA, USA.

2007 Solo Exhibition (Letters don’t burn) in Dar Al-Anda Gallery- Amman.

2006 Solo exhibition in Fribourg city/ Switzerland, and participated in the conference at University of Fribourg, introducing a lecture about the Iraqi contemporary art.


Selective Group Exhibitions 2010-2018

2018 March 15-18. The Other Art Fair- Los Angeles, supported by Saatchi Art.

2017 Oct. 28th- Nov. 2nd, Annual Group Exhibition of the Iraqi Fine Artists Association in Britain (IFAA) London- UK.

2017 Dec., Iraqi Collective Exhibition- Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Foundation. Dubai-UAE.

2016 Jan. 17th, Five Joint Artists Exhibition (East and West…Crossroads) - Demouzy Contemporary, New York- USA

2016 Jan. 15th. Collective Exhibition- (The Night and the Desert Know Me). At Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, Washington- DC.

2014- Feb. 28th, 6 Artists Exhibit- (Mesopotamian Colors) - Whites Art, Framing & Restoration Gallery in Montrose, California- USA.

2013- April 6 to May 19th - Altered Horizons- San Diego Mesa College Museum Studies Altered Horizons.

2013- April- The Gulf Festival for Contemporary Plastic Arts.

2011 Nov. ‘Impulses from Iraq’, Group Exhibition- Iraqi Cultural Center, Washington- DC - USA.

2011 Oct. 13th,‘ Mesopotamia Art and Artists in Diaspora’, Collective Exhibition of five artists. Edgar Varlea Fine Arts (EVFA) Gallery- Los Angeles, CA-USA.

2011 Oct. 1st. ‘Out of Iraq, Artists in Exile’- Collective Art Show of three Iraqi generations. THE/ Main Gallery, Ohai, California- USA.

2011 June 5th. Group Art Exhibit at HA Gallery- Museum of Contemporary Art-, Los Angeles, CA- USA.

2011 June 3th. Home Interrupted: Aircrafts of Iraqi displacement. Michelangelo Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA- USA.

2010 Dec.12th-Feb.12th- 12th International Cairo Biennale, Cairo- Egypt.

2010 Nov. - Scenery form Memory- three artists’ exhibition with Shakir Al-Alousi and Najwa Al-Amen. Iraqi Cultural Center gallery, Washington DC.

2010 Sep., Collective show- Annual Chaldean Festival- Ronald Reagan Community Center, El Cajon, San Diego, CA.

2010 Aug., (Love Stuck), Collective art exhibition on the Playhouse’s Weiss Lawn, art and fashion event with play of (Midsummer Night's Dream). La Jolla- San Diego, CA-USA.

2010 Aug, Iraqi- American friendship show, at St. Rophael Church Hall, San Diego, CA-USA.

2010 March, Art and Artist of Mesopotamia- Collective exhibition- Art share Gallery- Los Angeles- USA.

2010 February- ( Us)- Group exhibition- Qibab Art Gallery, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

2010 January- (Small is beautiful), miniature exhibition, Foresight Art Gallery- Amman, Jordan.


Professional Memberships

Museum of the living artist- San Diego Art Institute.

Association International des Arts Plastiques. (AIAP) -UNESCO

Iraqi Artist association.

Iraqi plastic Artists society.