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Bio

Baqer’s paintings mostly manifest themselves in the realm of nudes. A sense of mystique is constant across his pieces. This mystique is heightened by an ubiquitous somberness that transcends past light and dark brushstrokes. Very seldom is a face seen in his work. Further, the figures almost blend into their backgrounds, blurring the lines between the corporal and metaphysical states of darkness.         

Baqer Al-Shaikh hails from Baghdad, Iraq, where he was born in 1975. Baqer holds a Diploma in Fine Arts from the Fine Arts Institute of Baghdad and has also spent time at the Arts College of Baghdad. Baker is a member of  the Iraqi Artists Association, the Iraqi Artists Organization and the Global Artists Association. Baker is the recipient of several awards, including the Al-Wasti Festival of  Baghdad Award, and the 2008 Ashtar Festival Award of the Iraqi Artists Association. He also holds nominations from global art sites, and numerous honorary awards. Baqer has showcased his work through the following exhibitions:

Group exhibitions:

  • The UNESCO Hall, Beirut, Lebanon (2010)
  • The British Embassy Hall, Baghdad, Iraq (2011)
  • The American Embassy Hall, Baghdad, Iraq (2011)
  • Hewar Gallery, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (2011)
  • Body Memory, Beirut, Lebanon (2008)

Solo exhibitions

  • Beirut Symposium, Beirut, Lebanon (2010) 
  • Dar Al-Anda Art Gallery, Amman, Jordan (2012)