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DIA AL-AZZAWI

Born in Iraq in 1939, Dia Azzawi was awarded a bachelors degree of archeology at University and later went on to study art at the Institute of fine art in Baghdad. He established in London in 1976. Painter, books artist (illustrating many classics like The Thousand and One Nights) and graphic artist, Azzawi has completed a multitude of original pieces. He has played a mayor role in the creation and diffusion of modern Arab graphic art in Europe, the Arab world and across America. His pieces are open to the constant construction of visual worlds that are both autonomous and parallel to those visualized by poets, he demonstrates expertise in occidental techniques both ancient and modern: engraving, lithography, serigraphy, and digital methods.

The written word is almost always a central motif in Azzawi’s paintings creating an aesthetic fusion of images and ideas. While his images reflect his Summerian heritage, the inspiration for his themes comes from the poetry and folklore of Arabia.

Over the decades, Azzawi has built up an international reputation as a brilliant artist, he has had personal exhibitions of his paintings all over the world at galleries, museums, and centers for the arts, and is represented in both private and public collections internationally: British Museum, World Bank, Institut du Monde Arabe, French National Library, The Colas Foundation, the Ona Foundation, The Kinda Foundation, The Arab Museum of Art at Qatar and many more.



Dia Ai-Azzawi  
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