An Iraqi artist relentless in his desire to paint - Hemadi Al Hashemi was born in Iraq in 1964 and studied Fine Arts at Baghdad University.
After this, he left his homeland to pursue a diploma in drawing from the Académie Royale des Beaux-arts in Brussels. He holds Belgian nationality and has not returned to Iraq since his departure.
This fracture with his life in Iraq had its artistic motivations.
“When an artist is restrained and cannot paint what he wants, he cannot find true expression. This is the dilemma of the Arab World as artists lack freedom”, said Hashemi.
Hashemi’s paintings pay tribute to his academic excellence in the field of artistry. He skillfully mirrors his chosen subjects in his paintings. These paintings are exuberant and vivid, works of an unsettled mind that only serves to drive his creativity forward.
Hashemi’s work forces the viewer to pay attention to the paradox of modern times. He paints in the Modernist style and uses a wide range of media such as oil color and pencils.
His work is a testament to the freedom all artists should have, the freedom of expression.
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