The Kurdisg Painter Aziz Saleem (1915 – 2003)
Aziz Saleem was born in 1915. He’s had his own first exhibition in 1932. He had over 40 exhibitions across Kurdistan, France, Iran, Germany, Italy, Czech, Hungary, Russia, Finland, Azerbaijan and Yugoslavia. He participated in over 60 joint exhibitions in many of the European countries and Kurdistan as well. He passed away in 2003.
Aziz Saleem is one of most prominent artists of painting in Kurdistan Region. When he started painting, there were no artistic or cultural institutions. At that time, when the cultural atmosphere was not so inspiring, he was able to use his imaginations and succeed in becoming one of the best artists of the nation through the use of line, color and forms.
Bakhtiyar Saeed says: "I don’t believe there’s another painter’s life as mysterious as Aziz Saleem’s, but this mystery has never been a deterrent to describe Saleem as one of the avant –gardists of painting in South of Kurdistan.
Aziz Saleem is one of the artists who worked in a really different style. He describes his works as realistic. For example in an interview with Arabic - Gulan Magazine in January 1998 he said, “I work fundamentally realistic, with a natural technique, but in a somewhat surrealistic style in a mixture with reality”