Sadik Alfraji

Artist Biography

Born 1960 in Baghdad, Iraq, Sadik Kwaish Alfraji lives and works in Amersfoort, Netherlands. He received a Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting and Plastic Art from the Academy of Fine Arts, Baghdad in 1987, and a High Diploma in Graphic Design from CHK Constantijn Huygens, the Netherlands in 2000. Sadik Kwaish Alfraji explores what he describes as ‘the problem of existence’ through drawings, paintings, video animations, art books, graphic art, and installations. The shadowy protagonist who often appears in Alfraji’s multimedia works represents a black void, a filter that allows him to explore the intricacies of life. By rendering his solitary character as a charcoal-colored silhouette and minimizing the formal properties of his compositions, Alfraji captures the expressed movements and subtle inflections of the body in psychologically laden environments. The artist often records his own narrative in black and white scenes of this recurring figure, particularly the loss, fragmentation, and lapses in time that underline exile.

Sadik Alfraji is represented by Galerie Tanit Munich.


Paper Trail
50 years
Collective Exhibition

From November 23, 2022 to December 23, 2022

I Am One Acquainted With The Night
Collective Exhibition

From June 5, 2021 to September 25, 2021

A Dream Within a Dream
Sadik Kwaish Alfraji

From May 19, 2016 to June 18, 2016

Sadik Alfraji News
"LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA “Viva Arte Viva” curated by Christine Macel  13 May 2017 – 26 November 2017 Venice, Italy SADIK KWAISH ALFRAJI Pavillon of Iraq: “Archaic” “Flying over Bagdad” (Detail), 2015, animation film shown at “A Dream Within a Dream” at Galerie Tanit Munich 2016 MICHELLE STUART Central exhibition: “Viva Arte Viva”, Arsenale “Flight of […]"
Sadik Kwaish Alfraji and Michelle Stuart at La Biennale di Venezia
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