The Kur­dish Painter Simko Toufiq

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Ashti Garmiyani

The great Kur­dish painter, who’s very well-known among the Kur­dish public and the in­tel­lec­tu­als, has an in­no­va­tive and high- level sort of cre­ativ­ity in his field. His works al­ways wit­ness the re­al­ity of the Kur­dish peo­ple. He has il­lus­trated hun­dreds of Kur­dish sto­ries, myths, nov­els and other themes in his works. Simko Toufiq was born in Sle­many but now set­tled in Italy. He’s been in­spired by the Re­nais­sance pe­riod. The in­flu­ence of the Ital­ian school is quite tan­gi­ble in his paint­ings.

Re­gard­ing the sub­ject in his can­vases, Simko can eas­ily be rec­og­nized be­cause the faces, fig­ures and ev­ery­thing in his works re­mind the viewer of Kur­dis­tan. That’s why, any­where or in any gallery you can see his prod­ucts you im­me­di­ately can iden­tify works of Simko. He’s con­trib­uted a lot to the Kur­dish art, cul­ture and mod­ern his­tory through his doc­u­men­ta­tion of the catas­tro­phes that have be­fallen the Kur­dish peo­ple. In ad­di­tion, Simko has painted por­traits and land­scapes as well. His can­vases tend to be on large scales so it is eas­ier for the spec­ta­tor to en­joy them.

Re­gard­ing his artis­tic style, he has adopted re­al­ism in­spired by the great Re­nais­sance artists. You can eas­ily dis­tin­guish be­tween the form­ing el­e­ments in his paint­ings. Simko Toufiq’s art holds a high sta­tus in the Kur­dish cul­ture. More­over, Simko has suc­ceeded in in­tro­duc­ing the Kur­dish art to the grater world as well.

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