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QASIM SABTI

Born in Baghdad in 1953, Qasim Sabti became crippled as a seven-month-old baby. He won attention by distinguishing himself withis artistic abilities. As a teenager, students would pay him a falafel sandwicfor a drawing, or for one of his poems or love letters in beautiful Arabic calligraphy.

Upon graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts in Baghdad in 1980, Sabti established a workshop for Arabic calligraphy and painting. Beginning in 1985, he taught at the Baghdad University of Technology, and in 1986 participated in the first Baghdad International Biennial. In 1987, he returned to the Academy of Fine Arts to teach painting.

In 1992, Sabti founded the Hewar Art Gallery in Baghdad, which has since become an important and active oasis for Iraqi artists (“Hewar” means dialogue).

Steve Mumford, a New York-based artist who was embedded with the coalition troops during several extended stays, describes Sabti as charismatic man he also notes; Artists of Qasim’s generation were the students of the ‘Pioneers,’ the first generation of Iraqi artists to bring modernism to Iraq.

Currently, Sabti serves as Vice-President of Iraqi Plastic Artists Society, which has 1780 members. He is also Secretary of the Iraqi Cultural Council. His paintings are in private collections throughout Europe, the Middle East, the United States, Japan, and Korea.


Untitled, From the Book Cover Collage Series
12.5 x 9.5 inches
( 32 x 24 cm)
Untitled 2004, From the Book Cover Collage Series
11.5 x 9.5 inches
( 29 x 24 cm)
Untitled, From the Book Cover Collage Series
11 x 8.5 inches
( 28 x 21.5 cm)
Untitled 2005, From the Book Cover Collage Series
14.5 x 9.5 inches
(37 x 24 cm)
Untitled 2003, From the Book Cover Collage Series
11 x 8.5 inches
(28 x 21.5 cm)
Untitled, From the Book Cover Collage Series
13.5 x 9 inches
(34.5 x 23 cm)
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