114 North Prince Street, Lancaster, PA, 17603
1963, Born in Kirkuk, Iraq
1986-87, Studied at Academy of Fine Arts, Baghdad, Iraq
2001-present, Lives and works in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA.
Exhibitions include: Kurdish Modern Art, Arbil, Iraq; Al-Wasiti Festival, Exhibit with Hussein Kakayi, Sluis, The Netherlands; Five Artists Show, Brussels, Belgium; Five Artists Show, Disterbrugen, Belgium; Spanish Cultural Center, Amman, Jordan; Show with Hessam Kakay, Ezerman Gallery, The Netherlands; International Art Gallery, California, USA; Five Artists Show, Elzbieta Middel, Kollum, The Netherlands; Exhibit with Shamsaldin Hama, Milton Hershey School Museum, Pennsylvania, USA; Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA; AYA Gallery, London, England; Araguaney Foundation, Spain; French Cultural Center, Amman, Jordan.
My paintings are expressions full of modernity;
they are also childish dreams in color,
expressive of the sweet passing of the beauty,
the symbols and the myths of old civilization.
The creatures of my work are mythical poems
illuminated by the charm of my country which comes from the distant past--
part of it still found in nature, the other part already perished.
It is pure, personal discovery.
I am inspired
by ancient civilization and religious myths, fables and popular art.
I look to the art of children and the designs of ancient cave-dwellers.
I look for new horizons that have no ending.
My world seems strange to many people,
but it is real, and has the taste of modernity.
When I paint, I feel that I live in an ancient world,
or like a child who has just begun to learn to paint with total happiness.