Faraj ABBO

Faraj Abbo (Al Numan)born in Mosul, 1921; died in Baghdad, 1984

Abbo displayed an interest in art, literature and theatre during his childhood and many of his early paintings and sculptures adorn Mosul’s churches.

He joined Baghdad’s Art Friends Society in 1941, later teaching art at Al-Hilah High School and the Teachers Centre, Baquba, until 1945. He studied fine art in Cairo at the Academy of Fine Art, where he received his diploma in 1950. He then went on to study in Rome, receiving his diploma in fine art in 1954. Upon his return to Baghdad, he taught drawing at the institute of Fine Arts, later teaching at the Academy of Fine Arts—he would later head the Department of Plastic Art and acted as deputy dean for several terms at the Academy.

He was a member of the Baghdad Modern Art Group, founded by Jewad Selim in 1951, a group that drew inspiration from lraq's heritage, particularly ` Mesopotamian visual culture, as well as contemporary quotidian life-ideals that are often reflected in Abbo’s work. He was also a member of the Society of Iraqi Plastic Artists and Union of Iraqi Artists. Abbo participated in over sixty exhibitions regionally (Baghdad, Beirut and Cairo) and internationally and held solo shows in 1963, 1965, 1977 and 1984 (his final solo exhibition was held at the Baghdad Gallery for Contemporary Art, sponsored by the Ministry of Culture), He also authored a book (in Arabic), Elements of Art, published in 1984. His work is held in public collections and institutions including ministries of culture; Baghdad University; Baghdad Airport; and Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Amman.

Artworks

Books

علم عناصر الفن- الجزء الاول
علم عناصر الفن - الجزء الثاني

Videos

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