The Kurdish painter from Western Kurdistan, Yahia Silo
The Kurdish painter from the Western Kurdistan, Yahia Silo, was born in northern Aleppo. He considers himself as a Kurdish fighter in his art. Yahia Silo comes from a prominent Kurdish family known among the Kurds in Rojava. He completed the Academy of Fine Arts in the city. He has had many own exhibitions and other joint ones both inside and outside Syria. He’s living in Dusseldorf in Germany now. He is ever active in his new country. He has had many exhibitions there. The latest one was in 30th of April 2015 with some realistic-expressionist paintings.
A Kurdish author writes in Mustaqbal newspaper about Yahia Silo saying, “He’s the young man who’s inspired by both the mountains of Kurdistan and life in Europe. He’s one of the artists who have never changed his Kurdish political belief in order to portray sufferings of the Kurds in his paintings executed by his skilful hands”.
We can easily recognize Silo as a Kurdish painter and a contemporary caricaturist because in all his works, especially caricatures, he which are reflections of daily life and political incidents in Kurdistan. He’s gained a good artistic technique and he’s been able to grab people’s attention. In the domain of his paintings, the artist has portrayed a world different from his caricatures. Beauty of nature and a world full of culture of Kurdistan are the themes that Silo has utilized in his works. The fact that he is living far from the tragic life of Kurdistan and the incidents happening in Syria does not distance him from the suffering of his people. On the contrary, he is well aware of what is going on in his native country and the tragic situation of his oppressed people. Through his works, the artist wants to illustrate the familiarity of the Kurds in the world today after the latest events in Kobani and elsewhere in Rojava. In terms of materials he’s using watercolors, oil colors, and graphic. Silo has his own special place in the world of the Kurdish contemporary painting.