Dia Al-Azzawi | About

Regarded as one of Iraq’s greatest painters, Dia Azzawi started his artistic career in 1964, after graduating from the Institute of Fine Arts in Baghdad and completing a degree in archaeology from Baghdad University in 1962. In 1969, Azzawi (with Rafa Nasiri, Mohammad Muhriddin, Ismail Fattah, Hachem al-Samarchi and Saleh al-Jumaie) formed the New Vision group (al-Ru’yya al-Jadidah), uniting fellow artists ideologically and culturally as opposed to stylistically. Through his involvement with the New Vision group Al-Azzawi found inspiration in contemporary subjects and issues, particularly the plight of Palestinians. He was also briefly a member of Shakir Hassan Al Said’s One Dimension group (Jama’t al-Bu’d al-Wahid). From 1968–76, Azzawi was the director of the Iraqi Antiquities Department in Baghdad. He has lived in London since 1976, where he served as art advisor to the city’s Iraqi Cultural Centre, from 1977–80. Azzawi’s move to London led him to rediscover book art (dafater), an art form that he has encouraged other artists from Iraq and the region to explore. As well as his painting practice, Azzawi also works in sculpture, tapestry and printmaking.

Azzawi’s artwork has been exhibited worldwide including a comprehensive retrospective held at Mathaf, Doha in 2016His work has been collected by numerous prestigious museums and institutions including; Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris; British Museum, London; Colas Foundation; Foundation ONA, Casablanca; Calouste Gulbenkian Collection, Lisbon; Guggenheim, Abu Dhabi; Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris; Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Amman; Kinda Foundation, Riyadh; Library of Congress, Washington D.C.; Los Angeles County Museum (LACMA), Los Angeles; Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha; Museum of Modern Art, Baghdad; Museum of Modern Art, Damascus; Museum of Modern Art, Tunis; Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah; Tate Modern, London; Victoria and Albert Museum, London and The World Bank, Washington, D.C.; Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah

b. 1939,  Baghdad, Iraq
The artist lives and works in London, U.K

 

Education

1964    Graduatd from the Institute of Fine Arts in Baghdad, Iraq
1962    Degree in archaeology from Baghdad University,Iraq

 

 

 

Dia Al-Azzawi | Silk Road No 3 | 2008 | Acrylic | Silk Screen | 160x300 cm | 4-DA1-2008
Dia Al-Azzawi | Silk Road No 2 | 2007 | Acrylic | Silk Screen | 160x200 cm | 2-DA1-2007
Dia Al-Azzawi | Silk Road#1 | 2006 | Acrylic | Silk Screen | 170x200 cm | 1-DA1-2006
Dia Al-Azzawi | Silk Road No 4 | 2008 | Acrylic | Silk Screen | 160x160 cm | 3-DA1-2008
Dia Al-Azzawi | Handallah: Good Morning Beirut | 2016 | Polyester Resin | 47x49x35 cm | 8-DA1-2016
Dia Al-Azzawi | Desert Rose No.5 | 2013 | Polyester Resin | 68x56x48 cm | 7-DA1-2013
Dia Al-Azzawi | Colorful Bird No.1 | 2017 | Polyester Resin | 58x30x21 cm | 5-DA1-2017
Dia Al-Azzawi | Desert Rose No.3 | 2013 | Polyester Resin | 29x36x27 cm | 6-DA1-2013
Dia Al-Azzawi | Silk Road No 3 | 2008 | Acrylic | Silk Screen | 160x300 cm | 4-DA1-2008
Dia Al-Azzawi | Silk Road No 2 | 2007 | Acrylic | Silk Screen | 160x200 cm | 2-DA1-2007
Dia Al-Azzawi | Silk Road#1 | 2006 | Acrylic | Silk Screen | 170x200 cm | 1-DA1-2006
Dia Al-Azzawi | Silk Road No 4 | 2008 | Acrylic | Silk Screen | 160x160 cm | 3-DA1-2008
Dia Al-Azzawi | Handallah: Good Morning Beirut | 2016 | Polyester Resin | 47x49x35 cm | 8-DA1-2016
Dia Al-Azzawi | Desert Rose No.5 | 2013 | Polyester Resin | 68x56x48 cm | 7-DA1-2013
Dia Al-Azzawi | Colorful Bird No.1 | 2017 | Polyester Resin | 58x30x21 cm | 5-DA1-2017
Dia Al-Azzawi | Desert Rose No.3 | 2013 | Polyester Resin | 29x36x27 cm | 6-DA1-2013