Walid Siti


Born in Duhok, Kurdistan-Iraq, in 1954. Lives and works in London.

Siti graduated from the Institute of Fine Arts in Baghdad in 1976, and in 1982 from the Academy of Fine Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia, with a BA and MA in Printmaking. He moved to London in 1984 and has since focused on painting. He has exhibited extensively in the UK and internationally, in Slovenia, Poland, Russia, Austria, Denmark, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Taiwan, and the United Arab Emirates.

Siti’s work is in the public collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The British Museum, The Imperial War Museum, and Victoria & Albert Museum in London; The National Gallery of Amman, Jordan; The World Bank and The Iraq Memory Foundation, both in Washington DC; Barjeel Art Foundation, UAE


Selected Solo Shows

2014  Taymour Grahne Gallery, New York, NY “Parallel Realms”

          XVA, Dubai, ‘ Rite of Passage’

2013  Amed Art Gallery, Diyarbakir, Turkey ‘Crossing’

2011  Rose Issa Projects, London’ the River Zei’

          XVA Gallery, Dubai

          Merg Gallery, Erbil,

2010  Sardam gallery, Sulaimania

          Duhok Gallery, Duhok

2009  XVA Gallery, Dubai

2008  Leighton House Museum, London

2004  Salman’s Gallery. Duhok

2002  Arcola Gallery, London

2001  Oriel Canfas, Cardiff

1998  Diorama Gallery, London

1996  Leighton House Museum, London

1992  Midland Arts Centre, Birmingham

Selected Group Shows

2013  THE SEVEN VALLEYS, Rose Issa Project, London

         Hajj: Journey to Mecca, Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar

         ‘The Paper Show’, XVA, Dubai

         ‘In Dialogue’ Bahrain Financial Harbour

2012  Systems & Patterns, International Centre of Graphics, Slovenia

          Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam, British Museum, London, UK

          Silent Revolution: Tallinn Drawing Triennial, Tallin Art Hall, Tallinn, Estonia

          Echoes from Periphery, Palazzo Granafei-Nervegna-Brindisi, Brindisi, Italy

2011  54th Venice Art Biennale, Iraq Pavilion, Venice, Italy

          Take Care of Yourself, Amed Art Gallery, Diyarbakir, Turkey

2010  Taswir,- Pictorial Mappings of Modernity and Islam

          Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum, Berlin

2009  PlanetK, The 53rd International Art Exhibition, Venice

         "Iraq's Past Speaks to the Present" at the British Museum, London [2008-2009].

          Modernism and Iraq, Miriam & Ira Wallach Art Gallery,

          Columbia University in the City of New York, USA

          Taswir,- Pictorial Mappings of Modernity and Islam Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum,Berlin

2008  Permanent art collection, Imperial War Museum, London

         "Occupied Space 08, Art for Palestine", Qattan Foundation, London

         18th  Istanbul International Art Fair,

         Word into art, Dubai International Finance Centre

         Space Now, The Triangle, London

        “Re-Orientations” at the European Parliament, Brussels

2006  The British Museum, London

2004  Contemporary Arts Society, London

         The Museum Hall, Sulaymania,

2003  The  National Museum in Cracow, Poland

2002  The Historical Museum of The City of  Vienna

         10th Asian Art Biennale, Dahka, Bngladesh

2001  International Art Biennale Dialogue, St.Petersburg, Russia                                                             

         5th Sharjah International Arts Biennal, Sharjah, UAE

2000  Galerie De Boog, Ijsselstein, The Netherland

         Thing, The Garret Centre, London

1999  The 9th International Biennale of Prints & Drawings Taiwan

         XIV Premio Internazional Biella Per L’incisione,   Biella, Italy

         Towards the Millennium, Artsway, UK

         Pilonava Galeria, Ajdovscina, Slovenia

1998  Cheltenham Open Drawing ’98 touring to Hall and Berlin

1997  The 8th International Biennale of Prints & Drawings Taiwan

1996  10th International Exhibition of Graphic Art, Frechen, Germany

          Contemporary Art Collection, Imperial War Museum, London,

          Under Different Skies, Oksenhallen, Copenhagen, Denmark

1995  Graphic Constellation ’95, Graz, Austria

         Print Triennale’94, Consumenta 95, Nurenberg, Germany

1994  International Print Triennale, Cracow, Poland

         The Art gallery Scarborough, UK

1993  The First International Print Biennale, Maastricht. Netherland

1992  Greenwich Citizen Gallery, London

         Kelvingrove Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow

         Salon Cumunale, Cesena, Italy

1991  Castle Museum, Nottingham, UK

         South Bank Centre, London

         Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool

         Aberystwyth Arts Centre, UK

1987  Print with a Point, Bristol, UK

1983 15th International Graphics Biennale, Ljubliana, Slovenia


The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The British Museum, London

The Imperial War Museum, London

The National Gallery of Amman, Jordan

The World Bank, Washington DC, USA

Victoria & Albert Museum, London

The Iraq Memory Foundation

Art for American Embassy program, USA

Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE


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