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Sami Alkarim


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Sami Alkarim, an Iraqi artist, born in 1966 in Lebanon currently lives and works in Colorado. Sami comes from a life of culture and education. His father was a professor in American University in Beirut, Lebanon, where Sami Alkarim grew up. In 1974, Alkarim s family moved to Baghdad, Iraq and he attend in the Academy of Fine Arts in Baghdad in 1985. Alkarim has been influenced by Sumerian and... MORE
Artist Bio
Sami Alkarim, an Iraqi artist, born in 1966 in Lebanon currently lives and works in Colorado. Sami comes from a life of culture and education. His father was a professor in American University in Beirut, Lebanon, where Sami Alkarim grew up. In 1974, Alkarim s family moved to Baghdad, Iraq and he attend in the Academy of Fine Arts in Baghdad in 1985. Alkarim has been influenced by Sumerian and Babylonian civilizations, which clearly define his earlier works. "My work is based on optical mixing theory and the study of light placement using hand made paper, resin, gel medium, multiple layers, gold powder, gunpowder, metal powder pigment and minerals pigment. Using different materials and techniques, I create the heavy texture and depth along the surface of this work. The pigments that I used in this series of paintings will absorb different lighting techniques such as blue and yellows differing from natural sunlight to artificial light behavior. The concept behind my artwork is not a message, but a statement that we as humans, good and evil, are all servants of love. This emotion can take even the darkest hearts and make them pure as the day of their birth. While I am creating my artwork and beginning to express myself, all sense of time and space fade.

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