The Kurdish painter Ako Gharib
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