Dr. Farhad Pirbal is a well known Kurdish writer, poet, and academic. Born in Erbil (Hewler) in 1961, he enrolled in the University of Salahadin in Erbil where he studied the Kurdish language as well as literature. In the year 1986, Dr. Farhad moved to France where he lived for few years, continuing his literature as well as Iranian studies at the Sorbonne University. His return to Kurdistan was in the year 1994, having his mind set on establishing a cultural center in Erbil. He dreamed and realized that, and gave the cultural center the name “Sharfkhan Badlisi”.
Being a painter as much as a writer and academic makes this interesting and highly developed personality more appealing and adds richness to the Kurdish art world.
Dr. Pirbal sold three of his paintings for $58,000 on the 25th of August in 2012 during an exhibition held at Shanadar park in Erbil, Kurdistan where he displayed 30 pieces of his best works.