Ayad Alkadhi

Ayad Alkadhi an Iraqi artist born in Iraq – lived his life between Iraq, United Arab Emirates and England. He received his Masters in Fine Arts from Tisch School of the Arts of New York University. After moving out of Iraq to seek a more prosperous career, he settled shortly in Amman, Jordan where he had exhibited art works at Orfali Gallery. Later on he had his first one-man show in New Zealand. Additionally, Alkadhi’s work was exhibited in a number of different states in the US as well as being exhibited in Sotheby’s London.

His works can be seen as mostly self portraits where he would depict himself in several situations or scenarios, and it’s quite significant the amount of Arabic calligraphy he incorporates into his artworks. Religious iconography has appeared a number of times in his works, as well as elements which are inspired by major political incidents in Iraq and the sense of connection and belonging to his home country.

Alkadhi works mostly using mixed media, he displays a very solid talent and knowledge when depicting the Arabic letter as it shows from his calligraphy in his artworks. One of the earlier series of Alkadhi works was titled “Kadhigraphy”; where he drove inspiration from Arabic calligraphy and created a set of self-made shapes that merges contemporary with traditional for Arabic letters using different quotes, words and phrases.  When asked to comment about his fondness of Arabic calligraphy, Alkadhi said the following:

“Arabic lettering/calligraphy is our direct visual link to our heritage therefore it seem only natural to use it when telling a visual story on canvas”


8 Responses to “Ayad Alkadhi”

  1. بنات Says:

    wooow very nice

  2. Wala Saeed Says:

    Ayad your work is soooo impressive , your art sends a very powerful message.

  3. Maha Says:


  4. Cristina (Canlas) Neuman Says:

    I volunteer to bring art into the elementary art classroom. Is there a way that I can get a poster of this artist? Thank you. Any information would be appreciated.

  5. jafajfer Says:


  6. Selwa Alkadhi Says:

    Ayad, You have vanished world barriers by speaking this one language. You are a true artist who has created a place where past, present and future meet.
    I applaud your accomplishments and share your yearning to somehow free Iraq from its surrounding leeches.
    I want you to know you have an aspiring fan who admires every stroke you bring to life!

  7. Wadia Boutaba Says:

    I love this work! Almost as much as I love this Blogg…well done, amazed.

  8. Earnestine Hurst Says:

    Heh am I honestly the only comment to this amazing post?!?

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