Galway City, County Galway, Ireland
About Ali Raza
Ali Raza was was born in the south of Kurdistan (northern Iraq) in 1980, the same year the war started between Iran and Iraq. As a child there was "constant bombing, a strong military presence, the sound of airplanes overhead. I never felt safe. It was a nightmare". Raza has seen people "die in front of my own eyes" and experienced the savagery of war and genocide. As a student of the Erbil College of Fine Art, Raza used art to voice his opinion on human rights and other highly controversial matters. On two occassions, people came to kill him. As his life was in danger he was forced to flee his country. He arrived in Ireland in 1997 and has continued to voice his view on human rights through his art. His direct experience of war, death, genocide and violation of human rights can be seen throughout his work. His upcoming collection titled The Story of Sand explores the genocide of ANFAL under the Iraqi regime, where thousands of Kurdish people were buried alive in mass graves in the desert.
2014-Present: Masters in Fine Art & Process, Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland. 2013-2014: Honor degree in Fine Art, Galway Mayo Institute of Technology. Ireland 2009-2012: Ordinary Degree of Art and Design. Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, Ireland 1998-2002: Diploma Degree in Fine Art, Institute of Fine Art, Erbil, Kurdistan.
2013- Group print Exhibition, London
2012- Group print Exhibition NUIG Galway ,Ireland.
2012- Seventh Exhibition. “Humans Collage” Claddagh Hall ,Galway city Ireland . participated Galway Fringe Festival 2012
2010- Sixth exhibition.” Colour Of Rain” GMIT art college Galway city Ireland
2008- Fifth solo exhibition Library center Waterford City Ireland
2007 - Group exhibition in the Manifesto Gallery, O’Connell Street, Waterford, Ireland.
2005 -Fourth solo exhibition “The Shadow of ayat”.
2004 - Third solo exhibition “Fear”.
2004- Second solo exhibition “Satellite Technology Communication” in Kurdistan
2003 - First solo exhibition “Experimental” in Kurdistan
2004 - Contemporary youth Art exhibition Erbil Art college, Kurdistan Iraqi region.
2008 - Group exhibition. “Port Gallery” Waterford city Ireland