Stones and acrylic are the hallmarks of Walid’s project

About the Artist

The Iraqi artist, Walid Siti was born in Dahouk, Kurdistan, Iraq in 1954, where he completed his basic studies. Siti studied at the fine arts institute (graphics department) in Baghdad 1971-76. He moved to Yugoslavia in 1976 to complete his artistic studies until 1982, and graduate with a BA and MA in Graphics from Ljubljana, the Capital of Slovenia. He currently lives and works in London, UK, since 1984.

Wars, exiles and tribulations of life have failed to despair Walid. On the contrary, they have given him the motivation to have a mature vision based on in-depth meditation.

Walid Siti: I trudge relentlessly in my journey though I am not sure of its destination. That is the way I grew up in childhood.

Hailing from the cozy city of Dahuk, Walid made a move to Baghdad Academy of Fine Arts which neglected art and focused on suppression and authoritarian rule in the 70s. From there, Walid set off for the northern part of Yugoslavia and finally settled in London, the incubator of art and the last haven where he was inspired by the Thames to create his unique art project.

Walid Siti: Despite making me feel like a stranger, London put me at ease as it provided me with the tools which enabled me to embark on my experiment. London is a great cultural hub, and any artist could establish his experience from the inspirations of the city. This is the way I started until many doors opened for me.

Stones and acrylic are the hallmarks of Walid’s project for which he dedicates large spaces.

Walid Siti: A stone has significant symbolic connotations just like the construction stones, Kaaba stone and such. Acrylic is a manifestation of a state of spiritualism, very transparent, though at times it is applied in a solid or deep fashion.