Sunday, May 30, 2010

(Social) Realism: Iraq

Serwan Baran (1968)

Ayad Alkadhi (1971)
Ayad Alkadhi an Iraqi artist born in Iraq – lived his life between Iraq, United Arab Emirates and England. He received his Masters in Fine Arts from Tisch School of the Arts of New York University. After moving out of Iraq to seek a more prosperous career, he settled shortly in Amman, Jordan where he had exhibited art works at Orfali Gallery. Later on he had his first one-man show in New Zealand. Additionally, Alkadhi’s work was exhibited in a number of different states in the US as well as being exhibited in Sotheby’s London.

His works can be seen as mostly self portraits where he would depict himself in several situations or scenarios, and it’s quite significant the amount of Arabic calligraphy he incorporates into his artworks. Religious iconography has appeared a number of times in his works, as well as elements which are inspired by major political incidents in Iraq and the sense of connection and belonging to his home country.

World (Social) Realist Art (Index of Countries)
This blog page is part of an ongoing project by artist and part-time lecturer Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin ( to explore Realist / Social Realist art from around the world. The term Realism is used in its broadest sense to include 19th century Realism and Naturalism as well as 20th century Impressionism (which after all was following in the path of Courbet and Millet). Social Realism covers art that seeks to examine the living and working conditions of ordinary people (examples include German Expressionism, American Ashcan School and the Mexican Muralists).

Click here for (Social) Realist Art Definitions, World (Social) Realism and Global Solidarity, Art and Politics, Social Realism in history and Country Index.

Suggestions for appropriate artists from around the world welcome to

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