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b. 1939, Iraq

Dia Al-Azzawi Biography

Over more than half a century, Dia al-Azzawi's work has been shown in countless group and solo exhibitions worldwide, especially in Europe and across the Arab World (including three retrospectives: Paris, 2001; Abu Dhabi, 2009; Doha, 2016–2017). As well as a large collection of limited-edition prints, his work has featured in myriad publications and can be found in numerous public and private collections. Best known as a colourist painter, Azzawi celebrates Arab culture in his work, while blurring the boundaries between artforms and embracing ever new technologies. His works can be distinguished by their impressive scale (especially monumental paintings, sculptures and architectural design) and the amalgamation of images and the written word (works on paper and artist's books).

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Selected Public Collections
Azzawi's work has been exhibited and collected by public institutions worldwide, including the Arab Monetary Fund, Abu Dhabi; Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris; The British Museum, London; Colas Foundation, Boulogne; Fondation ONA, Casablanca; Calouste Gulbenkian Collection, Lisbon; Guggenheim, Abu Dhabi; Institut du monde arabe, Paris; Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Amman; Kinda Foundation, Riyadh; King Abdulaziz International Airport, Jeddah; Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development, Kuwait; Library of Congress, Washington D.C.; Los Angeles County Museum (LACMA), Los Angeles; Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha; Museum of Modern Art, Baghdad; Museum of Modern Art, Damascus; Museum of Modern Art, Tunis; Nabu Museum, Chekka (Lebanon); Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah; Tate Modern, London; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and The World Bank, Washington, D.C.

Text courtesy Meem Gallery.

Dia Al-Azzawi Featured Artworks

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Hanging Garden of Babylon by Dia Al-Azzawi contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Dia Al-AzzawiHanging Garden of Babylon, 2013China ink on handmade paper
77 x 56.5 cm
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Discourse between two lovers by Dia Al-Azzawi contemporary artwork photography
Dia Al-AzzawiDiscourse between two lovers, 2020A set of 10 Giclée Prints
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Three hollows in coloured window by Dia Al-Azzawi contemporary artwork painting
Dia Al-AzzawiThree hollows in coloured window, 2015Acrylic on canvas
120 x 120 cm
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Mysterious Shape by Dia Al-Azzawi contemporary artwork painting
Dia Al-AzzawiMysterious Shape, 2017Acrylic on canvas
120 x 120 cm
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Imaginary Plant by Dia Al-Azzawi contemporary artwork painting
Dia Al-AzzawiImaginary Plant, 2013Acrylic on canvas
126 x 150 cm
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Imaginary Garden I by Dia Al-Azzawi contemporary artwork painting
Dia Al-AzzawiImaginary Garden I, 2013–2014Acrylic on canvas
100 x 230 cm
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Imaginary Portrait by Dia Al-Azzawi contemporary artwork painting
Dia Al-AzzawiImaginary Portrait, 2019Acrylic on canvas
270 x 400 cm
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Hidden Gift by Dia Al-Azzawi contemporary artwork painting
Dia Al-AzzawiHidden Gift, 2019Acrylic on canvas
180 x 230 cm
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