The Kurdish Painter Simko Toufiq
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.