Biography

Multicultural Visual Artist. Born in Baghdad, studied in Ukraine, and resides in Finland.

Education:

All degrees are recognized by Ministries of Education in Finland, Ukraine and Iraq.
● Master “Fine arts and Crafts” (2009, Ukraine).
● Specialist “Fine arts and Crafts” (2008, Ukraine).
● Bachelor “Academy of fine arts – Visual arts” (Baghdad, 2003).

Membership:
● Member of Taidemaalariliitto. 2022
● Member of Helsinki Taiteiljaseura. 2016
● Member of Ukrainian Union of Artists. 2015
● Member of Union of Iraqi Artists. 2011
● Member of Iraqi Plastic Artists Society. 2005
● Co-founder of (NGO) “Nusku” Contemporary Arts Society in Baghdad-Iraq. 2005

Awards:
2015 – Vuoden käpyläläinen – Helsinki-Finland.
2015 – Kuindzhi Award – Kuindzhi Art Museum – Mariupol-Ukraine.
2011 – Ishtar Award – Iraqi Plastic Artists Society – Baghdad-Iraq.

Grants:
2017 – Saari residence – Kone Foundation.
2017 – Raumars residence – Rauma-Finland.
2011 – Election Awareness program (Spreading the culture of participation in elections by voting and the practice of democracy) – USA Embassy funding in Baghdad, Iraq.
2010-2011 – Summer camp for children in rural areas (Teaching painting, music and English language) – USA Embassy funding in Baghdad, Iraq.

Personal exhibitions:

  • 2019 – Exhibition (Shahrazad’s stories), “Deportation collection”, Helsingborg kulturhotelle – Sweden.
  • 2017 – Exhibition (Urgent Call), CAISA culture center, Helsinki-Finland.
  • 2017 – Personal exhibit (From Urok to Finland) Titanik gallery, Turk-Finland.
  • 2017 – Personal exhibit (Put yourself in their place “1”) Mynämäki library, Finland.
  • 2016 – Personal exhibit (To whom it may concern “2”) DIAK, Helsinki-Finland.
  • 2016 – Personal exhibition (Committed), Kallio Kunsthalle gallery, Helsinki-Finland.
  • 2017 – Personal exhibit (Put yourself in their place “2”) 3h+k gallery, Pori-Finland
  • 2015 – Personal exhibit (“To whom it may concern”) in Kuindzhi Contemporary art center, Mariupol-Ukraine.
  • 2014 – Personal exhibit (“Bets”) in Kuindzhi Contemporary art center,Mariupol-Ukraine.

Participant:

  • 2021 – Participant in Mänttä Art Festival, Mänttä – Finland.
  • 2018 – Participant in exhibition “Civil War”, WAM museum, Turku-Finland.
  • 2018 – Participant in exhibition “Consequences-Sodan Seuraukset”, Porvon Taidehalli-Finland.
  • 2017 – Participant in Art-ground exhibition, Viljandi-Estonia.
  • 2017 – Participant in ART-TU project “Memory of war”, Kaapelitehdas, Helsinki-Finland.
  • 2016 – Participant in ART-TU project, “Journey”, Kaapelitehdas, Helsinki-Finland.
  • 2016 – Participant in OBJEKTI 3.0 livepiirustusta, Espoonsilta gallery, Finland.
  • 2016 – Participant in Art-ground exhibition, Viljandi-Estonia.
  • 2015 – Participant in Ukraine-wide exhibit of abstract painting in center of National union of Artists, Kiev-Ukraine.
  • 2015 – Exhibition Kuindzhi award, Kuindzhi museum, Mariupol-Ukraine.
  • 2015 – Participant in Exhibition Still life, Kuindzhi Art Museum, Mariupol-Ukraine.
  • 2014 – Participant in Ukraine, wide Christmas exhibit (all kinds of visual, applied and decorative arts) in the center of National union of Artists, Kiev-Ukraine.
  • 2014 – Participant in Art Kyiv Contemporary IX exhibition in Mystetskyi arsenal, Kiev-Ukraine.
  • 2014 – Participant in “Theatre is an art to reflect” in Mantel Hall of Kyiv Fortress, Kiev-Ukraine.
  • 2014 – Participant in Ukraine-wide exhibit, dedicated to the Artist’s Day (all kinds of visual, applied and decorative arts) in the center of National union of Artists, Kiev-Ukraine.
  • 2014 – Participant in the exhibit of 7 artists (Graphic) in Kuindzhi Contemporary art Centre, Mariupol-Ukraine.
  • 2014 – Participant Ukraine-wide exhibit «Magical colors of Dnipro» (all kinds of visual, applied and decorative arts) in Dnipropetrovsk center of Artists, Dnipropetrovsk-Ukraine.
  • 2014 – Participant in Ukraine-wide exhibit, dedicated to the Independence Day (all kinds of visual, applied and decorative arts) in the center of National union of Artists, Kiev-Ukraine.
  • 2014 – Participant in 6th Georgiy Yakutovich Ukraine-wide competitive exhibit in the center of National union of Artists, Kiev-Ukraine.
  • 2014 – Participant in Urban exhibit dedicated to the Victory Day in Kuindzhi Contemporary art Centre, Mariupol-Ukraine.
  • 2014 – Participant in Urban exhibit dedicated to the City Day in Kuindzhi Contemporary art Centre, Mariupol-Ukraine.
  • 2011 – Participant in Exhibit “Ishtar Award” in Iraqi Plastic Artists Society, Baghdad-Iraq.
  • 2007 – Participant in Exhibit “Ishtar Award” in Iraqi Plastic Artists Society, Baghdad-Iraq.
  • 2006 – Participant in Exhibit (open subject) in Iraqi Plastic Artists Society, Baghdad-Iraq.
  • 2006 – Participant in Exhibit “Spring” in Public Union of Art and Culture, Baghdad-Iraq.
  • 2004 – Participant in Exhibit “Free artistic group” in Ministry of Culture, Baghdad-Iraq.
  • 2004 – Participant in Exhibit “From Ur to Baghdad” in Ministry of Culture,Baghdad-Iraq.
  • 2004 – Participant in Exhibit “Landscape” in Gallery Media, Erbil-Iraq.
  • 2004 – Participant in Exhibit “Mountains, Palms, Love”, in Gallery Media, Erbil-Iraq.
  • 2004 – Participant in Exhibit (open subject) in French cultural Centre, Baghdad-Iraq.
  • 2003 – Participant in “Small dreams in a huge world” in Gallery Somer, Baghdad-Iraq.
  • 2003Participant in Exhibit, organized by the group, in Modern Academy, Baghdad-Iraq.
  • 2002 – Participant in “Paintings from Iraq” in Faiza Al Haidari Art Gallery, Baghdad-Iraq.
  • 2002 – Participant in Annual Graphic Exhibit in Baghdad Art Centre, Baghdad-Iraq.
  • 2001 – Participant in Annual Graphic Exhibit in Baghdad Art Centre, Baghdad-Iraq.
  • 1996 – Participant in Drawings Exhibit in Gallery Somer, Baghdad-Iraq.

Public works:
My works have been collected by ”Kuindzhi museum, Mariupol-Ukraine 2015”, ”Museum of H.S. Skovoroda Kharkiv National Pedagogical University Kharkiv-Ukraine 2009”, institutions and people in Iraq, Ukraine, Syria, Jordan, Emirates, Tunisia, France, Spain, Belgium, Finland, USA, Japan.