Sadik Kwaish Alfraji

Born in Baghdad, Iraq in 1960, Sadik Kwaish Alfraji lives and works in Amersfoort, Netherlands. In 1987, he received a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the Academy of Fine Arts in Baghdad and a diploma in Graphic Design from CHK Constantin Huygens in the Netherlands. Sadik Kwaish Alfraji explores what he describes as ‘the problem of existence’ through drawing, painting, video, animation, art books, graphic art and installations. He has held solo shows in Sharjah, Antwerp, Munich, Beirut, Dubai, London, Utrecht, Houston and Den Bosch. His group exhibitions are numerous and include the Iraq Pavilion of the 57th Venice Biennale (2017), the British Museum in London (2017, 2015) and many others spreading from the US all the way to Japan, the UAE, Argentina and France. Alfraji’s works are housed in private and public collections including the British Museum in London, National Museum of Modern Art, The Art Centre in Baghdad, National Gallery of Fine Arts, Shoman Foundation, Royal Association of Fine Arts in Amman, Novosibirsk State Art Museum in Russia, Cluj-Napoca Art Museum in Romania, Los Angeles Country Museum, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, and Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, USA. A monograph on the artist edited by Nat Mueller was published in 2015 (Schilt Publishing, Amsterdam).