Sadik al-Fraji’s art is characterized by black silhouettes of all sizes, leaving the viewer to form their own thoughts on the subject matter.
The artist was born in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad in 1960, and spent his youth in an impoverished neighborhood, until he left the country after graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts with a degree in plastic art and painting.
In the early 1990’s, al-Fraji headed for Amersfoort, Holland where he studied graphic design, broadened his art career, and currently presides in.
Also a student of philosophy, al-Fraji believes that his art reflects his imagination and his early memories in Iraq, and the predominant use of the color black reflects the mood and emotions that portray them well.
“The more the viewers’ hearts are filled with emotions and many obscure questions beg answers, the more they are dumbfounded by the paintings,” he says. “You cannot pull the plug on human suffering by demonstrations or political will. The issue is much more complex.”
The artist has exhibited all across Europe, Asia, Russia, and the United States. Critics have recognized and respected his work, due to the stories hidden behind the black “creatures”, which he has also manipulated in video.
He also has collections hosted in galleries in Jordan, Russia, Romania, and his hometown, Iraq.
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