Artist-in-Residence

Ahmed Alsoudani

Ahmed Alsoudani, Garage Sale, 2018
Ahmed Alsoudani, Garage Sale, 2018. acrylic, charcoal, color pencil on canvas. 76 x 124 inches. Photo credit: courtesy of the artist.

Artist Bio

Iraqi, born 1975, lives in New York, NY.

Ahmed Alsoudani, who came to the U.S. after fleeing from Baghdad in the mid-1990s, is known for his vividly-colored and surreal acrylic and charcoal canvases, in which distorted, grotesque faces and body parts portray the horrors of war. This motif draws on the artist’s own experiences of recent wars in Iraq, the imagery of devastation and violence evoking a universal experience of conflict and human suffering. Alsoudani received his MFA in Painting from Yale in 2008, and also holds a BFA from Maine College of Art. In 2011, Alsoudani was one of five artists representing Iraq in the Venice Biennale, the country’s first time hosting a pavilion in 35 years. He is represented by Marlborough Gallery in New York, and his work has also been featured in solo exhibitions at Gladstone Gallery, New York; VeneKlasen/Werner Gallery, Berlin; the Phoenix Museum of Art; the Portland Museum of Art; and the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford.