The Kur­disg Painter Aziz Saleem (1915 – 2003)

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Ashti Garmiyani

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”

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