Iraqi fine artist, Mohammed Fahmi’s paintings are inspired by his travels around the world from Iraq to New Zealand to the UAE.
Born in Babylon, Iraq Fahmi moved to Auckland, New Zealand where he obtained a post-graduate diploma in Fine Arts from the University of Auckland.
Fahmi set up his own art workshop in the backyard of the school of economics at the university. Fahmi’s art had no borders taking him to live between the UAE and New Zealand.
Due to the political situation in Iraq Fahmi is one of the pioneer artists in exile.
“Many images never stop crossing my mind, such as old Al Hilla alleyways and old buildings,” he said.
He is one of the prominent founders of the fine arts movement in the UAE and designed the world’s largest ceramic mural in the Dubai International Airport tunnel, whose length amounts to 6,600 kilometers.
“Abstract paintings are the diametric opposite of realism. However, I attempted to mix both [abstract and real] to create something dynamic, rather than static,” he said.
“I leave some leeway to the beholder to grasp my painting by piecing it together,” he added.
Fahmi’s established 10 solo exhibitions in Iraq, UAE, Australia, New Zealand and Cyprus.
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