Ali Man­dalawi

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Man­dalawi was born in 1958 in vil­lage call Man­dali, in South Kur­dis­tan. Man­dalawi, grad­u­ated from the In­sti­tute of Fine Arts in 1979, and in 1986 grad­u­ated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bagh­dad. Ev­ery­thing about his life and per­son­al­ity, not only his works of art, is fas­ci­nat­ing. He is like his art, colour­ful, mys­te­ri­ous and full of life and thoughts. His jour­ney and friend­ship with scat­tered pa­pers and coloured pens, curved lines, squares, cir­cles and spi­rals be­gan when he was four years old. Pa­pers and coloured pens are his true friends. “They are friends with whom I have never got­ten bored. I love paint­ing ev­ery­where and any­where. I of­ten paint all night long. It is the joy of my life,” Man­dalawi be­lieves. I won­dered when and how this friend­ship be­gan. “This fine friend­ship started when I was still a lit­tle child,” he re­calls. “As a child, I was struck by many child­hood dis­eases. So I of­ten spent end­less hours and days in bed and passed the time by read­ing loads of chil­dren mag­a­zines. The colours and the paint­ings fas­ci­nated me so much that I started to cre­ate my own world of art,” Man­dalawi elab­o­rates. But this was not the only rea­son why he started to paint. Art de­vel­ops in con­junc­tion with a rev­o­lu­tion­ary trans­for­ma­tion of the way in which an in­di­vid­ual con­ceives his or her hu­man­ity within the cul­ture that he or she lives. “I was raised in the ‘green river-land’. Man­dali is a very beau­ti­ful vil­lage. It has had a strong in­flu­ence on me as an artist and as a per­son. This green-blue en­vi­ron­ment had en­riched my art with joy­ful colours

Ashti Garmiyani

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