Samer Usama AL-KARKHI
Samer Usama AL-KARKHI
سامر اسامة الكرخي

Born 1964 in Iraq, Samer Hatam obtained a Diploma in Graphic Art from the Institute of Fine Arts in Baghdad in 1985, graduating with a B.A., Fine Arts in Painting, from the Academy of Fine Arts in Baghdad in 1989. Samer moved to Amman in 1992, where he held his first four solo exhibitions. Since 2004, he has been residing in New Zealand, where he has been studying and pursuing his artistic career. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland in 2008, where he has held three solo shows. He has also participated in group shows both in Auckland and Dubai. Samer creates both sculptures and paintings, which demonstrate dark, complex textures and a homage to ancient Mesopotamian forms. In his recent work, he utilizes new materials that characterize a fusion of both the Iraqi culture and that of his adopted home.
1992-1998 4 x solo exhibition Amman
group exhibitions: 1984 Norway; 1984, South Korea; 1986 Baghdad; 1992 Tunis; 1993 Amman; 1997 Norway; 1999 Egypt; 1999 Fifty Amman; 2000 Amman; 2001 Bahrain; 2002 Bangladesh; 2002 Amman; 2003 Dubai
In robust mostly black shapes which remember of sculptures his paintings seem to show constructions of wood.