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  • Friday from 07:00 pm until 09:00 pm, Jan 15 2016
  • Every Monday to Saturday from 11:00 am until 07:00 pm, Jan 16 2016 to Jan 30 2016
  • Art on 56th, 56th Youssef Hayeck Gemmayze, Beirut, Lebanon
  • Exhibitions, Arts & Culture

Portrait by Riyad Ne'mah - Art Exhibition

Born in 1968 in Baghdad, Iraq, Riyadh Ne’mah received his B.A. in Fine Arts with a specialization in Painting from his home country in 1992. Ne’mah belongs to a generation of visual artists that expressed their talent amidst fear, suffering and political turmoil. His journey as an artist began with the rise of Saddam Hussein rule, during his attempted totalitarian control of Iraq. This dramatic period of the country’s history was filled with oppression and hatred, especially towards those who challenged the regime. The artists at the time formed an insightful and powerful movement of contemporary Iraqi art and strove for creative liberation. Riyadh Ne’mah’s art depicts overwhelming contrasts of color, where lines are sharp and random, and where the paint is essentially lyrical. His abstract and erratic canvases are like songs, and his dynamic brushwork, somber palette and anonymous subjects evoke a self-reflection and a lost childhood. With his range of eerie, implicit narratives, he tells the tale of his nation, fragmented by isolation and a confused political situation. In the whirlwind of suffering and loss, Ne’mah rediscovers identity and brings humanity back to life through paint.


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