Zaid Mohamed ZAKI
Zaid Mohamed ZAKI
زيد محمد صالح زكي

Zaid Mohammed Saleh is the son of the veteran artist Mohammed Saleh Zaki, Born in Baghdad 1922 died 1986.
He started his hobby of painting during elementary school nd in the fifth elementary school the painter Nasser Awni came to encourage him and his colleges Jawad salim and Issa hanna to practice and assigned them a place for drawing in the school. In the sixth elementary school they were tutored by the leading artist Qassim Naji,and since  His father was a friend of the great artists such as the great artist Abdelqader Rassam and the father of Jawad Al-Hajj Muhammad Salim Ali Al-Musli and Assem Hafez, he grew up in an artistic atmosphere in addition to the books and technical magazines that were circulating at the time.
Since his father was a military man , he ended up in Kirkuk in  the middle school of of Kirkuk, what distinguished the city of Kirkuk, was the ancient aesthetic character, especially for the suburbs, where spread here and there twisted waterways and trolls and highlands and windmills and trees. The remains of the ancient fine water mills may have been the butter of the heritage in that area at that time. All this was a wonderful romantic magical atmosphere that the artist must revive when looking at. he spent two years in Kirkuk, one of the most important years of his life to crystallize his artistic potential, free to roam the outskirts of that ancient city and try to express that magical natural beauty. In 1940 Zaid moved to Baghdad, and enrolled in the military school drawing as an hobby .

In 1950 the group of pioneers was formed, where he became a member and contributed to some of its exhibitions. He participated in the exhibitions of the Iraqi Fine Artists Association,

the group that turned around Faik Hassan, a group that drew the nature and alleys of Baghdad ,the living model to express its feelings. Faiq Hassan and Jawad Salim have been accustomed to drawing in nature since the beginning of the third decade of the twentieth century. The group followed this idea, including the name of Primitives or pioneers, as they were the first to go to villages, rural areas and rugged areas of Iraqi Kurdistan.