Fakher Mohammad is an undisputed pioneer in the Iraqi contemporary art scene. Arguably, the same can be said of his influence on the entirety of the region’s art. With a diverse and resounding palette of styles, Fakher is a chameleon that embeds himself completely into any form that his paintings assume, whether abstracts or concrete in depiction.
Fakher was born in 1954 in Babylon, Iraq. He earned two degrees from The Academy of Fine Arts in Baghdad, a Bachelor in Painting (1977), and a Master in Painting (1980). In 2003, he went on to earn a Ph.D. in Modern Painting. He currently holds the position of Dean of The College of Fine Arts at Babylon University and is a member of the Iraqi Artists Syndacite and the Society of Iraqi Plastic Artists.
Fakher has participated in an almost countless list of group exhibitions in cities that include Amman, Beirut, Doha, Paris, Berlin, Rome, and London. His work is featured in several museums in Iraq, in addition to the permanent collections of The Royal Jordanian Museum, and The Qatar Museum of Plastic Arts. His work is also part of private collections in Italy, France, Germany, Denmark, Indonesia, The Netherlands, Spain, Venezuela, Jordan, Lebanon, Bahrain, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, The United States, and The United Arab Emirates.
He also the recipient of the following awards:
- The special prize for merit of The Cagnes-sur-Mer Festival (1984)
- The Faik Hassan Silver Prize for Youth (1985)
- Two appreciative prizes at the fourth and fifth Al-Wasti Festivals – Baghdad (1984-1985)
- The Prize of Creativity in Painting on the occasion of Art Day (2000)
Fakher has held the following solo exhibitions:
- Al-Rasheed Gallery, Baghdad, Iraq (1984)
- Baladna Gallery, Amman, Jordan (1993 & 1995)
- Abba’ad Gallery, Amman, Jordan (1995)
- Hewar Gallery, Baghdad, Iraq (1996 & 1997)
- Dijlla Art Gallery, Baghdad, Iraq (2002)
- Akaad Art Gallery, Baghdad, Iraq (2009)