The artist Madhet Kakayee between Kurdistan, Japan and Sweden
a graphic work of Madhat Kakayi
The artist, who was born in Kirkuk in 1954 in Southern Kurdistan and is famous for being one of the active artists in Kurdish painting, has moved to Sweden in Scandanavia recently. He first started from Kirkuk, inside a city full of rebellion, culture and a mixture of Garmiyani art. Madhet’s roots go back to the village of Ali Sarayi. After several exhibitions in Kirkuk, then dreams of being a Peshmerge in Heledin, Yakhsamar and Bargaloo, finally he ended up in Spain to finish his art study. He has had many exhibitions in Madrid and other capitals of the world. Then his place of stay became Sweden. Here, he started to experiment with color and techniques. He has preserved a Kurdish identity in his works, though. Later he became a connecting bridge between Stockholm and Tokyo. He has had public shows of his works in both capitals.
The art of Madhat Kakayi started from academic experiments, in the sense that he was influenced by the popular artists in the city of Baghdad where he was a student at the Institution of Fine Arts. Then, he moved towards the world of abstract in correlation with the contemporary art. Madhet did not go back to the academic style but rather he found himself among art of color and ornamentation and details of Kurdish folklore. In Sweden he continued on the same path, but the colors started to change to black, grey and brown. In a group of his work, white and grey had been the main colors. It seemed that he was very much influenced by the gray atmosphere in the country.
Madhet Kakayee is known as the active artist. He has had exhibitions in Madrid, Paris, Stockholm and Tokyo. He’s also had one –man-shows in Kurdistan, especially in 2012 when he showcased his works, amid lack of gallery, in his village Ali Sarayi, on the mud walls of the village houses. The move was considered as some kind of criticism against the cultural authorities who have neglected art.
Madhet Kakayee has opened several exhibitions in Tokyo, and has good contact with the artists of the city. That is why he’s considered as a connecting bridge between Kurdistan, Sweden and Japan.