My name is Diyar Al Asadi and I have lived in the US for about two years. I am a young artist originally from Baghdad, the capital of Iraq.
There, I spent the first ten years of my life. I first started painting when I was seven years old and at the time, I painted without any knowledge of how to paint. I taught myself how to use oil paints with the help of some local artists and I finished about twenty paintings in three years. When I was ten years old, I opened my first show at my school’s art department and all my paintings were sold to a famous Iraqi artists .
From there, I received an art scholarship to study in Egypt but the 2003 invasion of Iraq happened and by 2005, I was not able to take advantage it. My family and I finally left for Egypt after two attempts on our lives by anonymous militants due to sectarian and political reasons. I focused my anger and energy to my paintings.
Whenever, I sold a piece, I took that money to improve my abilities as an artist In Egypt, I studied with Russian professor and artist, Eleni Alexander and Saudi professor and artist, Elham Jean. I also worked for the TownHouse gallery in Cairo for two years until I was sixteen.
Then, we left Egypt to return to Iraq for a few weeks but militants tried killing us again so we left for Jordan in 2009.
In Jordan, I went to high school in the mornings and in the afternoons, I studied at an high school and art school for two years with Iranian teacher Fatima Pour Hatami and I received a diploma in the Department of Islamic Art under her hand .
From there I had ten different art shows in Egypt, Jordan, Algeria , Marco and the United Arab Emirates. I also had a project with a calligrapher to King Abdullah of Jordan and received a bronze model for my participation.
Starting in 2010, I worked as a fine art and Islamic art teacher at the Institute of Zein el Sharaf in Amman, Jordan for two years.
In May 2012, I moved to the US to start a new life in New York City. From here I shared my art-work with my high school art shows and I got a scholarship in Student Art League of NY for one year and I had been presenting the Art League for two art shows in NYC.
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I'm Diyar Al Asadi and I have lived in the US for 5 years. I am a young artist originally from Baghdad, Iraq. There, I spent the first ten years of my life. I first started painting when I was seven years old and at the time, I painted without any knowledge of how to paint. I taught myself how to use oil paints with the help of some local artists.
My inspiration person was my Mom, she fought for me to be an artist even if when we were going through the Iraqi American war in 2003. We fled Iraq and became refugees in Egypt and Jordan where we had only one meal a day to eat, but she gave up the next meal to pay for my art supplies.
Now people stand in front of my art for hours thinking how I did that much of details with my hand. I had suffered a lot in my life and with myself figuring out what I want to be for my art and my family.
Now proudly I present my art to you and to the world, journeying down my path with unyielding passion and determination, hoping one day I will be remembered by my art.
To read more about my life with art, Please visit: ArtbyDiyar.com