Iraqi artist Sadik Alfraji blends art and philosophy as a means of expanding the formulistic and conceptual boundaries of his aesthetic. Much of his work explores the expressionistic intensity of the graphic form, with a focus on the ideas and concepts of human existence. His haunting mixed media compositions, inhabited by shadowy figures and faceless bodies, speak to the artist’s experience of exile, loss and fragmentation.
Born 1960 in Baghdad, Sadik Alfraji lives and works in Amersfoort, the Netherlands. His work is housed in numerous private and public collections including The National Museum of Modern Art, Baghdad; The Art Center, Baghdad; Royal Association of Fine Arts Amman; Shoman Foundation Amman; French Cultural Center, Amman; Novosibirsk State Art Museum, Russia; and the Cluj-Napoca Art Museum, Romania. Solo shows include Ayyam Gallery DIFC, Dubai (2011); Ayyam Gallery Damascus 2011); Stads Gallery, Amersfoort, Netherlands (2010); Station Museum, Houston (2008-9); Stedelijk Museum, Den Bosch (2007-8). Selected group exhibitions include Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2012); Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art, Qatar (2010-11); CBKU & Centeaal Museum, New Salon, Utrecht (2008).