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Artist in the Spotlight - Qais Al-Sindy

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Qais Al-Sindy was born in Baghdad, Iraq in 1967. He received his Bachelors of Science in Engineering from Baghdad University in 1989. Thereafter, he started to study Art. In 2000, he received his second Bachelor's from the Academy of Fine Arts located in Baghdad along with his Masters in Fine Arts shortly after in 2004. 
 His art showcases a variety of media including: painting, installation, video, performances, etc. His main choice of expression is through painting, preferably on canvas. His art depicts human connections through a variety of beliefs, mentalities, and politics. He emphasizes on the question "Why?" through his art in order to engage the audience on their own interpretations of the answer. 

Being an Iraqi born artist currently residing in the United States, Al-Sindy's many life experiences has shaped his perception of art. His multi-cultural background has offered an analytical vision in approaching humanistic issues with the world we live in today. He sees the world with many eyes in an attempt to understand and bring spiritual healing through his artworks that serve as a place of sharing with those from all walks of life in hopes of consolidating the concept of peace, hope, and love. 

Al-Sindy has created well-known exhibitions including "Letters Don't Burn" in Amman, Jordan (2007). Many Solo Exhibitions have also been showcased around the world including the following: "Lovers" San Diego, CA (2016); "You & I", Beverly Hills, CA (2015); "Deferred Dreams", Washington DC, USA (2014). He has also participated in conjoined artist exhibits including "Encoded Histories" with Doris Bittar, San Diego, CA (2014). Other Solo Exhibitions include the following: "Return to the Garden of Eden", Washington, DC (2014); "Colorful Concepts", Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (2013); "The Struggle for Survival", Amman, Jordan (2012); "Reconciliation with Oneself" Kuwait (2012); "Who Knows What the Hoopoe Said?" Dubai (2012); "The Lost Paradise" Amman, Jordan (2011); "Endless Peace" New York, USA (2009); "Secrets of the Other Half" California, USA (2009); "Love and Peace" Laguna Beach, CA (2008); "Mamdooh" Switzerland (2007).

Moreover, Al-Sindy has participated in numerous collective exhibitions all over the world as noted above, to continue: "East and West Crossroads" New York, USA (2016); "The Night and the Desert Know Me" Washington DC, USA (2016); "Altered Horizons" San Diego, CA (2014); "Mesopotamia Art and Artists in Diaspora" a collective exhibition of five artists, Los Angeles, CA (2011); "12th International Cairo Biennale" Egypt (2010); "2191 Days and Count" New York, USA (2009).

Along with his works, Al-Sindy has been subject to many interviews, including TV and Radio appearances including: Al-Hurra (2017; "Al Iraqia" (2016); Fox 5 News (2014); "Al-Arabia" (2012); Kuwait National Channel (2012); MBC Group (Dubai - 2009); Radio France (2003). In addition, Al-Sindy was selected by The National Council for Culture, Arts & Letters, to be a judges member in the Annual National Plastic Exhibition in Kuwait (2012).

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