Monday, 07 May 2012, 07:58 GMT
Kurdish painter Chiman Ismaeel to exhibit in Madrid
By The Kurdish Globe

The exhibition was officially opened in La Caja del Arte on April 19th, 2012,

The Kurdistan Regional Government Representation Office in Spain (KRG Spain) in collaboration with Centro Persepolis, a Persian cultural center, and the Local Government of Torrejon organized the first personal exhibition of the Kurdish painter Mrs Chiman Ismaeel Rashan in the cultural center of "La Caja del Arte" of Torrejón de Ardoz, Madrid. (c/ Joaquín Blume / c/ Eos.)

The exhibition was officially opened in La Caja del Arte on April 19th, 2012, at 19:30, by the KRG Representative in Spain, Mr. Daban Shadala, the Director of Centro Persepolis, Mr. Ahmad Taheri, and representatives from the local government of Torrejon de Ardoz. This is the first exhibition of Mrs Chiman Ismaeel in Spain. During April and May the public can enjoy her 34 works consisting of oil on canvas and aquarelle on paper, portraits of Kurdish women, children, the majestic nature of the Kurdistan Region and some philosophic abstract works.

Mrs Chiman Ismaeel is a Kurdish painter who has held more than 15 personal exhibitions in Iraq and abroad and participated in more than 30 collective exhibitions with her paintings. Her paintings surprise the viewer with brilliant colors and shapes, abstract forms and combinations and her ability to communicate experiences and emotions through a purely visual language divested of all symbolic or narrative content. Generally her paintings are portraits and landscapes, but mystical details and colorfulness give them originality and freshness. She has been called the "Kurdish Klimt" by some observers.

Professional background:

Chiman Ismaeel was born in Iraq in 1966 and graduated from Baghdad Art College in 1988. For more than 10 years she was teaching in the Cultural College and working for NGOs supporting cultural activities for children and youth. Her first personal exhibitions were held in Sulaimaniyah in 1992, and after that she participated in personal and collective exhibitions in Iraq and abroad; in Germany, France, Canada, Holland, South Korea and Japan.

--The KRG Representation Office in Spain was opened in Madrid in December 2010 as the first point of contact for the Spanish public and private sectors with the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, and since then has been working to build and promote dialog and bilateral relations in the areas of trade and investment, education and science and art and culture between Spain and Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Since 2010 KRG representation in Spain have organized various cultural activities in an effort to present to the Spanish public rich and powerful, and so surprisingly original for Europe, Kurdish culture.

Madrid, Spain 17TH of April, 2012

For further information, please, contact Kurdish Regional Government Representation in Spain, tel. 914362620, or by e-mail: