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List of Iraqi Artists

The following is a list of important artists, including visual arts, poets and musicians, who were born in Iraq, active in Iraq or whose body of work is primarily concerned with Iraqi themes or subject matter.

Note: This article uses Arabic naming customs: the name "al" (which means 'from a certain place') or "ibn" or "ben" (which means 'son of') are not used for alphabetical indexing. Artists are listed alphabetically by their paternal family name. For example, the Iraqi artist Hashem Muhammad al-Baghdadi, is listed under "B" for Baghdadi, the paternal family name while the artist Zigi Ben-Haim, is listed under "H" for Haim.

A

B

  • F?tima al-Baghd?d? bt. Hasan b. 'Al? b. 'Abdull?h Attar (d. 480/1087) 11th-century calligrapher [25]
  • Hashem Muhammad al-Baghdadi (1917-1973) calligrapher [26]
  • Niazi Mawlawi Baghdadi - nineteenth century painter, decorator and calligrapher [27]
  • Ahmed Al Bahrani (b. 1965) sculptor
  • Abdul Jabar al-Banna (b. 1924) sculptor[28]
  • Ala Bashir (born 1939), painter, sculptor and plastic surgeon[29]
  • Salman Al Basri (born 1939) [30]
  • Yahya Zaki Batat (b. 1958) poet, journalist, writer and painter [31]
  • Ibn al-Baww?b 10th/11th-century calligrapher [32]
  • Abdul Waha al-Bayati 91926-1999) poet [33]
  • Basil Al Bayati (b. 1946) architect and designer
  • Azzam Al-Bazzaz (b. 1948 Mosul) sculptor [34]
  • Wafaa Bilal (b. 1966), performance artist, author and educator

C

D

E

  • Enheduanna 23rd century BCE poetess, wrote on Cuneiform tablets
  • Khalid Ezzat (b. circa 1937) sculptor[43]

F

  • Mulla Muhammad 'Ali Al-Fadli (d. 1948) master calligrapher[44]
  • Lisa Fattah (1941-1992), German-born painter, wife of Ismail Fatah al-Turk, active in Iraq
  • Zaynab Sh?hd? bt. Ahmad b. Al-Faraj b. 'Omar Al-Abr? (d. 547/1178) 12th-century female calligrapher [45]
  • Mayasalom Faraj (b. ?) US born of Iraqi parents [46]
  • Fuzûlî (Muhammad bin Suleyman) 15th century poet
  • Mun'im Furat (1900-1972) sculptor [47]

G

H

I

  • Tarik Ibrahim 20th-century ceramicist[62]
  • Ghareeb Iskander 20th-century poet [63]

J

K

  • Saadi Al Kaabi (b 1937) hurufiyya artist [79]
  • Nida Kadhim (b. 1937) sculptor
  • Sabreen Kadhim 20th-century power [80]
  • Hayv Kahraman (born 1981) painter and sculptor
  • Ismail al-Khaid (b. abt 1900) painter[81]
  • David Kanikanian 20th-century ceramicist [82]
  • Ittihad Karim (b.1940) sculptor [83]
  • Halim al-Karim (b. 1963) painter [84]
  • Jihad al-Kareem [85]
  • Farouk Kaspaules (born ?) artist
  • Hashim al-Khattat, "Hashim the Calligrapher," (1917-1973) calligrapher, considered as the last of the classical calligraphers
  • Ismael Al Khaid (b. abt 1900) hurufiyya artist [86]
  • Amer Khalil (b.1957) sculptor
  • Sufyan al-Khazraji 20th-century photographer
  • Rachel Khedoori (born 1964) Australian-born artist of Iraqi heritage (twin sister of Toba Khedoori)
  • Toba Khedoori (born 1964), Australian-born artist of Iraqi heritage, known primarily for highly detailed mixed-media paintings (twin sister of Rachel Khedoori)
  • Paulus Khofri (1923-2000), composer, lyricist and painter
  • Akeel Korsheed (?-?) 21st century artist [87]
  • Nedim Kufi (b. 1966), multi-disciplinary visual artist and graphic designer

M

N

  • Hadi Al Najjar (b. 1957) photographer [96]
  • Qassim Naji (1910-1985)[97]
  • Rafa al-Nasiri (b. 1940) painter, print-maker, educator and author[98]
  • Kutaiba Sheik Noori (b. ?) (alternative: Qutaiba Al Shaikh Nuri) doctor, calligrapher and painter [99]
  • Muzaffar Al-Nawab (b. 1934) poet, critic and painter [100]
  • Ab? Nuw?s al-?asan ibn H?n? al-?akam? 9th century Iraqi poet
  • Farah Nosh (b ?) photographer and photo-journalist
  • Qutaiba Shaikh Nouri (d. 1979) physician, artist, photographer [101]
  • Salima Sultan Nur, 20th-century poet [102]
  • Kadhim Nwir (b. 1967, Qadisiyah, Iraq) [103]

O

P

Q

  • Qais Al-Sindy, an Iraqi contemporary artist and painter.
  • Ea'ad Abdul Qadir 20th-century poet[106]
  • Nadwa Qaragholi (?-?) painter [107]
  • Qahtan Alameen, an Iraqi contemporary artist and painter.

R

S

  • Munir el-Saadawi (b. 1952) painter and print-maker, now residing in Spain [117]
  • Miran al-Saadi (b. 1934) [118] sculptor
  • Faisal al-Saadi (b. 1939) painter and sculptor [119]
  • Issa Hannah Attar Sabri (1913-1987) painter [120]
  • Mahmoud Sabri (1927-2012) (alternative: Mahommed Sabri Said) pioneering painter [121][122]
  • Salam Atta Sabri (1913-1987) painter, educator and Director of the National Museum of Modern Art (Baghdad) [123]
  • Salam Attar Sabri (b. 1953) (son of Atta Sabri) -ceramicist and artist [124]
  • Jamil Sidqi al-Zahawi poet, educator and activist (1863-1936)
  • Mahmoud Saeed 20th-century photographer [125]
  • Ahmed Al Safi (born 1971), sculptor
  • Faisal Laibi Sahi (b. 1947) painter and water-colourist [126]
  • Shakir Hassan Al Said (1925-2004), painter, art historian, art critic, educator and prolific author [127]
  • Dara Hana al-Said (b. 1946) sculptor [128]
  • Issam al-Said (1938-1988) painter, print-maker, designer, etcher, architect, philosopher and author[129]
  • Monkith Saaid (1958-2008) painter[130]
  • Jawad Saleem (also given as Jawed Salim or Joad Salim) (1920-1961), sculptor
  • Tamara Salman 20th century designer
  • Hashim Samarchi (alternative: Hashem Samarji) (b. 1939) [131]
  • Maheen al-Sarraf (b.? ) [132]
  • Ghazi al-Saudi 20th-century painter [133]
  • Siham al-Saudi 20th-century ceramicist [134]
  • Adnan al-Sayegh 20th-century poet [135]
  • Naoum al-Sayegh (father of the writer Yusuf al-Sayegh) 19th-century photographer and film-maker [136]
  • Yusufal Sayegh (1934-2005) poet, novelist and painter[137]
  • Lorna Selim (1928- 2012) artist and English-born wife of Jawad Saleem
  • Rashad Selim (b. 1957 Sudan) artist, curator and art critic, a minor member of the Selim dynasty of artists [138]
  • Zeid Saleh [139]
  • Naziha Salim (1927-2008), artist and painter (sister of Jawad Saleem)
  • Hajj Suad Salim (b. 1918) - painter and cartoonist, brother of Jawad Saleem[140]
  • Mohammed Hajji Selim (1883-1941) painter, father of Suad Salim, Jawad Saleem, Naziha Salim and Nizarre Selim [141]
  • Nazar Selim (b. 1925) painter and writer, brother of Jawad Saleem[142]
  • Hassim Al-Samarchi (b. 193 ) painter [143]
  • Ghazi Saudi[144]
  • ?Abdall?h Sayraf? 14th century calligrapher [145]
  • Omar Al-Shahaby (b. 1983 Baghdad) [146]
  • Badr Shakir al-Sayyab (1926-1964) poet
  • Khudayer Shakarchi 20th-century artist [147]
  • Ismail al-Shaikhly (1924-2002) [148]
  • Khudayer al Shakarji (Bakouba 1937- 2006) painter [149]
  • Bassim Al-Shaker (b. 1986, Baghdad, Iraq) - painter [150]
  • Delair Shaker (b. 1971) painter[151]
  • Mohammed Ali Shaker (b. ?) painter[152]
  • Saad Shaker (1935-2005) painter [153]
  • Andy Shallal (born 1969) artist and activist
  • Badr Shakir al-Sayyab[154]
  • Athir Shayota (b. 1968) painter [155]
  • Sihan al-Saudi (b. ?) [156]
  • Yusuf Senabel 19th-century photographer [157]
  • Mohammed Al-Shammerey (b. 1962) multi-media artist [158]
  • Ismail al-Sheikhly (1924-2002) painter [159]
  • Naseer Shamma (b. 1963) musician and singer
  • Walid Siti (b. 1954)[160]
  • Akram Shukri (1910-1986) painter [161]
  • Vian Sora (born 1976), painter
  • Mahmodd Shubbar (b. 1965 Babel) [162]
  • Akram Shukri (1910-1986) pioneer painter [163]
  • Ahmad al-Suhrawardi 12th/13th century calligrapher [164]

T

  • Abdul Karim Ibrahim Tiouti late 9th-century-early 20th-century photographer active in Basra, said to have introduced the camera to Iraq [165]
  • Saad al-Ta'i [166] 20th-century painter
  • Ali Talib (b. 1944) [167]
  • Aatqall Taúaa (b. ?) sculptor and author
  • Ismail Fatah Al Turk (1934-2004), painter and sculptor
  • Hashim Al-Tawil (b. 1952) painter, print-maker and art historian[168]

U/V/W

  • Abdelrahim Al-Wakil (b. ?) sculptor [169]
  • Iman Al Waili 20th-century poet [170]
  • Yahya Al-Wasiti, 13th century illustrator
  • Khalil al Warid (c.1923-1984) sculptor

Y

  • Nazar Yahya, Iraqi-American etcher, sculptor (in metal), installation artist and photographer
  • Abdul Raheem Yassir (b. 1951, Qadisiyah, Iraq), cartoonist [171]
  • Saadi Yousef (b. 1934, near Basra), poet, author and journalist[172]
  • Najib Yunes (1930-2007)[173]
  • Yaqut al-Musta'simi 13th-century calligrapher

Z

See also

Major Iraqi public artworks

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Further reading

  • Benezit Dictionary of Asian Artists, Oxford University Press, 2017
  • Bloom, J. and Blair, S.S. (eds), Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art & Architecture, Vols 1-3, Oxford University Press, 2009
  • Davis, B., "The Iraqi Century of Art," Artnet Magazine, July, 2008, Online
  • Dougherty, B.K. and Ghareeb, E.A., Historical Dictionary of Iraq, Scarecrow Press, 2013
  • Farhat, Maymanah, "Iraqi Artists in Exile," Selections magazine, no. 30, 2015 Online
  • Hann, G., Dabrowska, K. and Greaves, T.T., Iraq: The Ancient Sites and Iraqi Kurdistan, Bradt Travel Guides, 2015, pp 29-32
  • Jabra, I.J., The Grass Roots of Art in Iraq, Waisit Graphic and Publishing, 1983, Online:
  • Khalil, S. and Makiya, K., The Monument: Art, Vulgarity, and Responsibility in Iraq; University of California Press, 1991
  • Lindgren, A. and Ross, S., The Modernist World, Routledge, 2015
  • Sabrah, S.A. and Ali, M., Iraqi Artwork Red List: A Partial List of the Artworks Missing from the National Museum of Modern Art, Baghdad, Iraq, 2010
  • Sal?m, N., Iraq: Contemporary Art, Volume 1, Sartec, 1977; Mathaf Encyclopedia of Modern Art and the Islamic World, Online:
  • Shabout, N., "Ghosts of Futures Past: Iraqi Culture in a State of Suspension," in Denise Robinson, Through the Roadbloacks: Realities in Raw Motion, [Conference Reader], School of Fine Arts, Cyprus University, (23-25 November 2012), 2015
  • Shabout, N., "The Preservation of Iraq's Modern Heritage in the Aftermath of the US Invasion of 2003," in: Elaine A. King and Gail Levin (eds), Ethics And the Visual Arts, New York, Allworth, 2006, pp 105 -120
  • Tuohy, A. and Masters, C., A-Z Great Modern Artists, Hachette UK, 2015; Al-Ali, N. and Al-Najjar, D., We Are Iraqis: Aesthetics and Politics in a Time of War, Syracuse University Press, 2013;

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