Ahmed Alsoudani

Ahmed Alsoudani was born in Baghdad in Iraq. In 1999 he escaped from his native country and applied for political asylum in the United States. He currently lives and works in New York. Alsoudani’s art consists of works on paper and canvas, and focuses almost exclusively on the theme of war. His point of departure is the tragic experience of his native country, but he expands his terms of reference to also deal with the atrocities of global conflict. Alsoudani is inspired by the paintings of great past masters such as Francisco Goya, Pablo Picasso and George Grosz. In his works, he combines references to specific historical episodes, such as the destruction of the statue of Saddam Hussain or the horrors of Guantanamo, with more generic scenes of violence, which provide a profund reflection on the violence of our contemporary world.

In 2011 Ahmed Alsoudani was among the artists who represnted Iraq in the 54th Venice Biennale. Recent exhibitions dedicated to his work have been held the Gladstone Gallery, New York (2014), Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix (2013) and L&M Art, Los Angeles (2012). His work was exhibited at Palazzo Grassi in the exhibition ‘The World Belongs to You’ (2011-12).