The Kur­dish painter Ako Gharib

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Ashti Garmiyani

Wher­ever they are, Kur­dish artists con­stantly cre­ate works of art that wit­ness the suf­fer­ing of Kur­dish peo­ple, the moun­tains, mass ex­o­dus, his­tory of Kur­dish peo­ple in­clud­ing the cul­ture and folk­lore. They tell those sto­ries which com­prise doc­u­ments of a peo­ple who are rich in cul­ture, myths and sagas.

The painter, Ako Gharib, was born in 1962 in Suleimani. He grad­u­ated from the In­sti­tute of Fine Arts in the same city – depart­ment of paint­ing- in 1985. Many of his ear­lier works were aca­demic. Af­ter he com­pleted his stud­ies, he tried to ex­per­i­ment with dif­fer­ent styles and mo­tifs. He has par­tic­i­pated in many ex­hi­bi­tions along with other artists in Suleimani. It was an­other mile­stone in his car­rier.

If we look at his works, we re­al­ize that he is in­flu­enced by the Rus­sian so­cial- re­al­is­tic school. More­over, we wit­ness some ef­fects of Matisse in his paint­ings as well. Ako Gharib also has uti­lized the beau­ti­ful and breath­tak­ing na­ture of Kur­dis­tan and sto­ries of the Kur­dish strug­gle and revo­lu­tion as his main themes. We can see the city of Suleimani in snow­fall, and the vil­lages of Kur­dis­tan and their or­di­nary peo­ple. Ako is very much in­ter­ested in the Kur­dish tra­di­tional clothes. He has por­trayed fig­ures with gor­geous warm colors typ­i­cal of Kur­dis­tan. In Kur­dis­tan, we have a re­li­gious tra­di­tion of dar­wishes, highly re­li­gious peo­ple who of­ten gather to med­i­tate and wor­ship God. Ako has painted many scenes where dar­wishes per­form their cer­e­mony play­ing on the fa­mous Kur­dish tam­bourine. The tex­tures and colors in Ako's works re­flect warmth and vi­tal­ity of the Kur­dish his­tory and so­ci­ety.

A woman with tra­di­tional Kur­dish clothes

A Kur­dish can­non

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