The Kur­dish painter Ari Ba­ban

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Ashti Garmiyani

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.

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