علي طالب

Ali TALIB - Born 1944, Basra, Iraq

Studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Baghdad, receiving his BA in Painting in 1966.

TALIB was a founding member of the Innovationists and after moving to his birthplace, Basra, for a short time, he formed the Shadow Group; he was also a member of the New Vision Group.

He went on to study graphic design at Helwan University, Cairo, where he received his MA in 1980. 

Through his work, TALIB explores intersections of the past and present and is particularly interested in subjects related to humanity. Of his work and his role as an artist he states: "I am not a man who creates a distance between painting and his personal state of being, testing his relationship with the space in which he moves. The painting is just like finding an incomparable secret after enduring hardship."



2009 Karim Gallery, Amman-Jordan.

2008 Green Art Gallery, Dubai- UAE.

2007 Attasi Gallery, Damascus-Syria.

2006 Orfali Gallery, Amman-Jordan.

2004 United Nation Humans Settlements Programme, Barcelona-Espan.

2004 Glerie Concourt, The Hague –Holland.

2003 De Vrije Academie, The Hague-Holland.

2001 Riwaq Gallery, Manama-Bahrain.

1997 Arts Center, Manama- Bahrain.

1994 Gallery d'Art 50 x70, Beirut-Lebanon.

1993 Balka a Art Gallery, Amman-Jordan.

1992 Exhibition with Rafa Al-Nasiri, Shumman Foundation, Shumman Gallery, Amman-Jordan.

1988 Orfali Gallery, Baghdad-IRAQ.

1985 Riwaq Gallery, Baghdad-IRAQ.

1976 National Museum of Modern Art, Baghdad-IRAQ.
1964 TALIB held his first solo exhibition at Mubarakia Gallery, Kuwait, in 1964, while he was still a student at the Academy.


He has also participated in biennales and triennials as well as major group shows
2010 Art in Iraq Today: Part IV, Meem Gallery, Dubai- UAE (with fellow New Vision members Dia AZZAWI and Rafa NASITI).

2010 Mirages: 17 Artists, Centro Cultural Banko do Brazil, Rio de Janeiro and-Sao Paulo-Brazil.

2009 Iraqi Artists in Exile, Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston, Texas-USA.

2004 Cite International des Arts Exhibition, Cite International des Arts Gallery, Paris-France.

2001 The Outside of the Inside eu-man Exhibition M-Art Gallery Vienna Austria.
The Outside of the Inside Manege Museum  S.T.Petersburg Russia.

2000 participation eu-man Exhibition,  Kaapelitehdas Helsinki Finland, M-Art gallery Vienna- Austria.

1997 Five Iraqi Artists, Green Art Gallery, Dubai- UAE.

1995 Second Sharjah Biennale, Sharjah-UAE.

1994 Four Iraqi Artists, Alif Gallery, Washington D.C. –USA.

1990 Seven Iraqi Artists, Shuman Gallery, Amman-Jordan.

1989 Iraqi Contemporary Art, Institute de mond Arab, Paris-France.

1988 First International Biennale, Ankara, Turkey.

1987 International Poster Exhibition, Grand Palais, Paris- France.

1986 Salon de Comparisons, Grand Palais, Paris-France.
First Baghdad International Festival of Plastic Arts, Baghdad-IRAQ.

1984 First International Cairo Biennale, Cairo-Egypt.

1979 Iraqi Contemporary Art, Modern Art Museum, Messina-Italy.

1978 Arab Art Exhibition 2, Iraqi Cultural Center Gallery, London-UK.

1976 Second Arab Biennale, Casablanca.
, Morocco.
Iraqi Contemporary Art, Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris-France.

1975 Third Indian Triennial, New Delhi-India.
Seventh International Painting Festival, Cagnes-sur-Mer France.

1974 Seven Iraqi Artists, National Museum of Modern Art, Baghdad-IRAQ.
First Arab Biennale, Baghdad –IRAQ.

1972 Arab Art, National Museum, Nicosia-Cyprus.

1970 Shadow Group, second exhibition, Museum of Modern Art, Baghdad-IRAQ.

1966 Innovationist Group, second exhibition Iraqi Modern Art Museum, Baghdad-IRAQ.

1965 Innovationist Group, first exhibition, Iraqi Modern Art Museum, founder member- Baghdad –IRAQ.

1964 Graphic Art Exhibition: Four Artists, AIA Gallery, Baghdad-IRAQ.


1995 First Prize, Second Sharjah Biennale, Sharjah- UAE.
1986 First Prize, First Baghdad International Festival of Plastic Arts, Baghdad-IRAQ.

His work is held in collections including Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha and Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Amman.



Referance : Ali talib Website





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