Jaza Farig1956 Kurdish Painter ~ Halabja south of Kurdistan

Jaza Farig was born in South Kurdistan in the town of Halabja in 01/06/1956.In 1983 he escaped to the mountains of Kurdistan near the city of Sulaimanya, and after a brief time with freedom fighters of Kurdistan, in 1984 he arrived in Tehran hoping he would be able to migrate to a third country to establish a new life far from dictatorship of Saddam's regime. In 1988 he arrived in Austria and
accepted as a refugee according to the Geneva Convention. In 1989 he completed a language and integration training in Modeling. In 1993 he obtained approval for his studies in Baghdad/Iraq as a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Arts, Vienna. In 1994 he became Austrian Citizen. On the night of 5/07/2005, while on a visit back to South Kurdistan, he died of a sudden heart attack in Sulaimanya.

Ashte Faieq Kurdish Painter~ Sulaymaniyah south of Kurdistan ,He lives and works now in Odense, Denmark

Ashte Faieq is born and raised in Sulaimania in southern Kurdistan. Ashte abandoned Iraq because he found himself greatly affected both physically and emotionally by the oppressive regime in Iraq. In 1985 he came to Denmark as a refugee. In 1998 he graduated as a social educator on Funen. 

“My work is mainly concerned about my memories, my past and my personal experience. Experiences, events and situations that have a fundamental historical significance to me and my art. In my work I aim to create a bridge between my past and my present. I'm very fascinated by landscapes, constantly looking for structure and rhythm of nature, much like the earths layeringconstruction, built up layer by layer. 

I mainly paint with acrylic, pastel and mixed techniques, because it suits my working method. Characteristic for my work is the variety of used materials. I work with composition and color, trying to create evocative abstractions. Figurative elements are used in abstract compositions, where old photographs and snippets of text often are included. I found my abstract paintings on handwriting, words, phrases, rhythms and movement. 

Regarding my photographic works, I use my camera as a mechanical lens, mending (digital) manipulated photographic images with traditional photographic techniques. This lead me to start communicating unique visual language on the surface of the paper.

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