Fahar

Biography

Born in 1964 in Belgrad, Serbia
raised in Kuwait, Vienna, Bratislava, London, Dubai etc.,
lives and works in Karlsruhe, Germany and Baghdad, Irak
Master student at Prof. Hermann Nitsch, Prof. Markus Lüpertz, Jerry Zeniuk Ingrid Floss.

Exhibition (Selection)
2023 I Fragmente einer Gesellschaft, Kunstraum Neureut
2023 I Beyond Fairy Tales, Erbil, Iraq
2023 I Finding Homeland, mit Simone Distler, Kunst- u. Gewerbeverein Regensburg
2023 I Fragile States (of Being), mit Tammam Azzam kursiert von Anabel RoqueRodríguez, Yvonne Hohner Contemporary, Karlsruhe, D
2022 I Beyond Fairy Tales, THE GALLERY, Baghdad, Iraq
2022 I Gefährten, mit Hannah Schmider, Galerie Kunststücke
2021 I Beyond Fairy Tales, Katalogpräsentation kuratiert von Anabel Roque Rodríguez,Yvonne Hohner Contemporary, Karlsruhe, D
2022 I Galerie Kunststücke, Munich, D
2022 I Galerie Filser & Gräf, Munich, D
2019 I Städtische Galerie Villa Streccius, Landau, D
2019 I Broken Gold, Galerie Klinger & Me, Karlsruhe, D
2019 I Städtische Galerie Bad Reichenhall, D
2019 I Meisterschüler Markus Lüpertz, Regierungspräsidium Oberbayern, Munich, D
2019 I Galerie Kulturraum, Speyer
2018 I Galerie Klinger & Me, Karlsruhe, D
2017 I Galerie G, Judenburg, A
2016 I Städtische Galerie Bad Reichenhall, D
2016 I BMW-World, Munich, D
2016 I Galerie 38, Karlsruhe, D
2014 I Kunstsudhaus, Villach, A
2013 I Herbert-Weisenburger-Stiftung, Rastatt, D
2013 I Galerie EigenArt, Karlsruhe, D
2012 I Städtische Galerie im Schloss Isny, D
2011 I Galerie Szyb Wilson, Katowice, PL
2010 I Kavernen 1595, Salzburg, A – u. a

Art Fairs (Selection)
2023 I Sculpture Area 100 sqm and ONE ARTIST SHOW, art Karlsruhe, Yvonne Hohner Contemporary, D
2022 I ONE ARTIST SHOW, art Karlsruhe, Yvonne Hohner Contemporary, D
2021 I art Karlsruhe selections, Galerie Klinger & Me, D
2020 I ONE ARTIST SHOW, art Karlsruhe, Galerie Klinger, D
2019 I Discovery Art Fair, Galerie Klinger & Me, D
2019 I Art Bodensee, Galerie Klinger, D
2019 I art Karlsruhe, Galerie Klinger, D
2018 I ONE ARTIST SHOW, art Karlsruhe, Galerie Klinger, D
2017 I ONE ARTIST SHOW, art Karlsruhe, Galerie Klinger, D
2015 I LA Art Show, Los Angeles, CA USA
2012 I Art Bodensee, Galerie Schirmer, D
2009 I art Karlsruhe, D – u. a

Collections (Selection)
The National Museum of Modern Art Baghdad, Iraq
Herbert-Weisenburger-Stiftung, Rastatt, D
Susanne Klatten, Munich, D
Raiffeisenbank Südhardt eG,

Description

Fahar Al-Salih’s artistic career is not a classic one. Born in Belgrade and raised in Kuwait, a basic artistic education at school or university was unthinkable. Art only found him in adulthood, when he was already living in Europe and pursuing a different life. The determination and fearlessness with which Fahar paints his pictures reveals this biography and the decision to dedicate his life exclusively to art. Rarely are works as close to their creators as Al-Salih’s. In their expressiveness and formal strength, they open up to the viewer and allow a personal and individual

personal and individual access to their history and the feelings they convey. In addition to painting, his oeuvre of over 1000 works also consists of more experimental forms, such as his sponge paintings, as well as sculptures and photography. Al-Salih’s energetic, consistent signature remains unmistakable in every spectrum of his work.

As different as the individual branches of his artistic work may initially appear, the artist’s examination of his roots runs as a common thread through his work. In his paintings, he repeatedly addresses the question of “shelter” – protection and security – with formal force, while the colorful, straightforward sponge mosaics playfully take up and reinterpret the artisanal traditions of the Middle East. With the latest combinations of his sponge sculptures, which make an obvious reference to the bombed-out cities of the war zones, and his much quieter, almost melancholy photographs, he not only closes a circle in his work, but also in an aesthetic and deeply personal reflection on home, struggle and hope.

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