Born in 1975 in Bagdad, Iraq. Lives and works in New York, USA. Gulf War baby Ahmed Alsoudani is today experiencing an explosive artistic career. From Dubai to Berlin, Paris to New York, his work is enjoying international success in museums and foundations, as well as with collectors like Saatchi, Burger and Pinault, etcetera. He is representing Iraq at the Venice Biennale 2011. This is extraordinary fortune for this young Iraqi artist who, having fled Iraq for Syria, found asylum in the North American
schools of art which discovered his unusual talent and sensitivity. War, with its destruction, atrocities, violence, and terror, forms tumultuous and instinctive work, accompanied by sharp expressionist graphics. Oil, acrylic, and charcoal are layered like replicas; they are mediums for the artist’s successive mental visions, giving shape to nightmares and the trauma of the chaos. The painting of this space-time between life and death displays tortured figures on large format canvases, exploded objects and surreal environments which become a form of abstraction. Influenced by Western art, Ahmed Alsoudani’s work is reminiscent of Picasso’s Guernica, Goya’s Black Paintings, work by the German Dadaist George Grosz, and Francis Bacon’s disjointed portrait technique. Through expressing the emotions retained by his memory, whether working in black or bright colours, Alsoudani explores
all the universal effects of war. MT.