The Kurdish painter Ari Baban
Ari Baban is another Kurdish painter who was born in Kirkuk, completed elementary and secondary schools in the city. He’s a well-known person within the city. He’s a professional artist, specializing in details of surrealist painting, a school that has its popularity among world’s artists. He’s gone through the academic phase in his art too. He’s portrayed sufferings and problems of his people. Sometimes he paints figures of unusual people, while at times he portrays crucified individuals. Ari Baban is always a recognized name among art lovers. Ari has illustrated the suffering of people at a time when the word "Kurdish" was forbidden in Kirkuk. Those who tried to show what was going on were persecuted and imprisoned.
Baban is a living example of the vital Kurdish painting. If we take a glance at his colors and their messages, we see that the artist often tends to use the warmer colors. Ari sometimes goes from surrealism to contemporary expressionism. Ari Baban has a considerable experience and experiment in Kurdish painting. He is represented in many galleries and museums. He is very active and still producing memorable images on his canvases. Crucifixion in only associated with the figure of Jesus Christ. In Ari's paintings, ordinary people and especially Peshmerges are crucified by the henchmen of a bloody dictator. A simple, cool, or a blue and cold sky is seen in his forms creat- ing the nervous and unstable situation in the paintings. Ari Baban has taken part in many exhibitions inside and outside Kurdistan, and has participated in several cultural festivals, exhibitions and commemorations as well.