Mohamed SAMI
Mohamed SAMI
محمد سامي

Sami finds the idea of expressing himself with a conventional medium like painting challenging in a time when digital media is so much more visible in contemporary art, and in the world at large. And yet the painting is the chosen medium for his practice.

 He used to paint murals on the walls of his school to serve the ideology of Al Ba’ath regime as a kid. He lived his early adult years in war-torn Iraq surrounded by the tension and horror of daily bombings and assassinations. This experience has become the subject matter of his paintings since immigrating to Sweden in 2007.

 Symbolism is used as a methodology for his paintings whether abstract or figurative. They rely on memories of destruction and remains from the war in Iraq. He attempts to expose tension or impose a state of ultimate separation between the elements in the work. The structure of the paintings gives the impression of a potential collapse and awakening of the sensory.

​1984

Born in Iraq, Baghdad.

2004

Diploma of Fine Art, Institute of Fine Arts, Baghdad, Iraq.

2016

BA Fine Art with First Class Honours Degree, Ulster University, Belfast, Northern Ireland.  

2018

MFA Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom.

 

SOLO EXHIBITIOB

1999

First solo exhibition, (Baghdad University), Iraq.

2005

Solo exhibition, represented by Ministry of Culture Iraq (Alwasity Gallery) Iraq.

2006

Solo exhibition, represented by Ministry of culture Iraq, (Al Khanji Gallery), Aleppo, Syria.

2012

Solo exhibition, represented by Norrköping city council, (Dag Andersson Gallery), Norrköping, Sweden.

2013

Solo exhibition ( JAMM ART Gallery ) Kuwait.

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2006

National Museum of Iraq/ Baghdad.

2007-08

''World discussion" International Biennial of Contemporary Art, San-Petersburg/ Russia.

2008

''Culture Week between Iraq and France" Cooperation with Attar Gallery and sponsored by UNICCO.

2008

''Stockholm Autumn salon " managed by the Union of Artists of Immigrants in Europe/ Finland.

2008

Group Exhibition with tow German artists, sponsored by Syrlin,International Art Gallery (Im Zentrum), Stuttgart, Germany.

2009

Good Morning Paris" art fair of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. -"Autumn Salon", Paris, Franc.

2010

''Autumn Salon" Paris''.

2010

''Anti-war exhibition" Oldenburg /German.

2010

Summer Exhibition" (Kunstfuruom gallery) Norrkoping/ Sweden.

2010

''For Sweden Now" group exhibition, Katrineholm, Cultural House, Sweden.

2011

Norrköping Art Museum ''Culture Night''/ Sweden.

2012

'' Art 4 Pease'' (Gallery CUT UP ) Germany.

2013

''December Salon'' Katrineholm, Art Hall, Sweden.

2014

'I know what I like first exhibition'' ( Curious Duke Art Gallery ) United Kingdom.

2014

''The winter exhbibition'' Lawrence Alkin Gallery UK.

2016

Belfast School of Art degree show/ Northern Ireland.

 

Awards

1999

The winner of “League of Arab States” Egypt.

2014

Secret Art Prize (Curious Duke Art Gallery), London/ United Kingdom.

2015

Culture Award/ Östergötland Region - Sweden.

2016

The Global Winner of The Undergraduate Awards (Visual Art and Design Category), Dublin, Ireland.

 

 

Artworks