Kurdish Artist Muhamad Arif ( 1937-2009)
He’s a Kurdish painter. He was born in 1937 in the town of Rawaduz. He was author and translator of many books. He translated several books in the field of paining from Russian into Kurdish. His latest book about graphic art in Kurdistan was printed posthumously in Hewler, on Oct 9, 2009.
He got diploma in painting at Baghdad Institute of Fine Arts in 1956. He then went abroad to Russia to continue his study in the field and got MA in 1967 at Sorikov University in Moscow. From 2004 to 2009, he was the founder and dean of College of Fine Arts at Salahaddin University. The college consisted of four depart- ments: music, painting, drama and cinema. He got his PhD degree on philosophy of art at the same university.
He was instructor in Baghdad, Saudi Arabia, Babylon and Salahaddin University in Hewler. His style of work ranged between realism, romanticism, symbolism and expressionism. He studied these schools in the beginning of his study in Moscow. These styles were studied in the Soviet Union then, but Muhamad Arif was able to modify the schools in favor of his art as well as his nation when he started painting pictures expressing the Kurdish question. The artist painted many Kurd-