Kareem Risan

Kareem Risan graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Baghdad with a degree in painting in 1988, and also studied Media and Photography in Ontario Arts Council, Toronto in 2010.
Risan left his country in 2005 after having witnessed the outbreak of the two Gulf Wars. His work reflects his experiences amid the escalation of violence and political turmoil following the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. His art highlights the complexities of Iraq’s turbulent cultural history through periods of tragic Iraqi destruction and carnage caused by war.
Risan has participated in numerous international group exhibitions. His work is represented in, among others, the collections of the British Museum, London; Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar; the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Amman, Jordan.
Kareem Risan lives and works in Toronto, Canada.

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