Amar Dawod - Artist Bio

The artist, Amar Dawod

The artist, Amar Dawod

In a Few Words

Born In: Baghdad, Iraq

Lives In: Västervik, Sweden

Background: Amar is an established artist & scholar with exhibitions across the United States & Europe, and degrees from Iraq, Poland & Sweden.

Style & Media: Dawod is a master of a Cubist universe encompassing symbols of ancient and modern Middle Eastern & North African civilizations.

Themes: Striving towards universalization by referencing cultural traditions, have crossed borders both geographical and cultural.

In a Few More Words

Polish professor, Ryszard Hunger, said of Dawod, "Striving towards universalization is typical theme of Amar Dawod’s art. This doesn't mean conventional cosmopolitism. Dawod doesn't submit to the naivety of local folklore. He is aware of the fact that underneath the layer of dust and rocks there are values unbelievably pure. He references these cultural traditions, which, due to their universal properties, have crossed borders both geographical and cultural." The secret world of ancient Egypt, Sumerian sculptures, and beyond that the fascination with informal art and surrealism are the cornerstones of the formation of Dawod’s art. The creation of a universal language, not blocked by the tradition of one Nation, has become the basic message. While observing the works of Amar Dawod, we are not only reminded of the creativity of Kafka, but also the whole world of suggestion, which has brought with it: illusion, symbols, metamorphosis, the feeling not existing, restraint, unease and alienation. The world of this art is hard to comprehend, we receive it through its atmosphere.

Key Exhibitions


Al-Hallaj And The Tawasin, Meem Gallery, Dubai, UAE (2018)


    Beyond the War, Leila Heller Gallery, New York, NY, USA (2010)
    Autumn Salon, Gamleby Gallery, Västervik, Sweden (2009)
    International Graphics Triennial, Intergrafik 90, Berlin, Germany (1990)
    International Biennial, Petit Format de Papier, Musée du Petit Format, Nismes, Belgium (1983)