VISUAL ARTISTS

Taghreid Al Jaber

Taghreid Al Jaber was born in Baghdad, Iraq in 1974. She earned a Fine Arts Diploma with a major in Pottery and Ceramics in 1995. She studied Art at the University of Baghdad, College of Fine Arts and earned a Bachelor's Degree in 2014 with a major in Drawing. She also holds a certificate from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Drawing Division.
 

 

Somer Atshan

Somer Atshan is an Iraqi theatre actor, painter and tattoo artist. He was born in Iraq on April 1st, 1987, studied theatre arts and earned a diploma from the Institute of Fine Arts in Baghdad in 2006. He received a Bachelor's degree in theatre arts from the University of Baghdad, College of Fine Arts in 2011. Somer holds a diploma in Sketch Art from Turkey in 2014. He performed in many theatrical shows and short films across Iraq and had participated in Modern Painting Festival in Turkey. Somer and his wife fled Iraq seeking refuge in Turkey in 2012, stayed for 3 years before moving to Houston in December 2015.

Thamer Al Sheikh

Thamer Al Sheikh is an Iraqi artist, born in Baghdad, Iraq in 1951. He studied Art at the University of Baghdad, College of Fine Arts and earned a Bachelor's Degree in 1973. His talent for art making was developed and encouraged by his teachers. Among them was Faiq Hassan, who is often referred to as the father of modern art in Iraq, 'The Master' or 'The Teacher', in addition to Kadhim Haider and Mohammed Ghani Hikmat. In 1980, Thamer traveled to Italy to take a course on Color Separation. Thamer and his family sought refuge in Jordan before moving to Houston in March 2012.
 

Mohamed Baro

Mohamed Baro was born in Syria in 1961. He studied art at the Institute of Fine Arts in Baghdad and earned a Bachelor's degree in 1983. From 1983-1986, he studied at Leonardo Di Vinci's Art Institute in Rome. Baro had participated in many exhibitions in Iraq, Jordan and Houston among them were the group exhibition in Tahrir Square in Baghdad in 1982, the Royal Culture Centre in Jordan in 2004, the Blue Vic Gallery in Jordan in 2005, Shmeisani exhibition in Jordan in 2008, and Heights Art Studios and Gallery in 2012. Along with being an artist, Mohammed is an accomplished chef, mural and a glass painter, private tutor and art teacher. Baro and his family sought refuge in Jordan before moving to the United States in 2010.

Wissam Al Khafajy

Wissam Al Khafajy was born in Iraq in 1971. He earned a Fine Arts Diploma with a major in Pottery and Ceramics in 1995. He was a member of the Association / Syndicate of Iraqi Artists and a member of the Organization of Visual Arts in Iraq. He worked at the Iraqi Fashion House and is currently working in various areas of visual arts.


PERFORMING ARTISTS

Aseel Al-Ghazzee

Aseel Al-Ghazzee is an Iraqi actress and director, born in Iraq in 1981. She studied Directing and Theatrical Production at the University of Baghdad, College of Fine Arts and earned a Bachelor's Degree in 2012. Aseel and here husband fled Iraq seeking refuge in Turkey in 2012, stayed for 3 years before moving to Houston in December 2015.

Mohammed Horo

Mohammed Horo is a Syrian tailor and musician, born in Halab, Syria in 1976. He plays the Buzuk instrument. Mohammed and his family fled Syria seeking refuge in Turkey in 2012, stayed for 3 years before resettling as a refugee in Houston, Texas in August 2015. He currently works in maintenance in a hotel.

Adham Hussein

Adham Hussein is a Syrian tailor and musician, born in Halab, Syria in 1973. He plays the Buzuk instrument. Adham and his family fled Syria seeking refuge in Turkey in 2012, stayed for 3 years before resettling as a refugee in Houston, Texas in June 2015.