Resme Al Kafaji

Resmi Al Kafaji was born in Diywania, Iraq in 1945. He earned a
degree in Art from the Institute of Fine Arts of Baghdad, then later
a diploma in Fine Arts in painting from the Accademia di Belle Arti
of Florence, Italy. His work is a merging of Iraqi and European
culture. Since 2003, he has exclusively chosen to work in black and
white. His watercolours on paper depict abstract shapes that
suggest recognisable objects, yet remain one step away from any
bona fide identification. His sculptures and installations seem to
rely on the poetics of light and shadow, using contrast as an
elemental component. He is the first Arab artist to have his work on
display at the Napoli Museum. His works are in the collections of
C.A.O.S. Museum- Terni, the Museum of Contemporary Art of
Casoria- Casoria (CE), and Museum of Arts and Antiquities – AlQadissiya University (Iraq) and in private art collections in Italy, the
Netherlands, Switzerland and Great Britain.