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Ayad Fadel Local Artist and Art Instructor Born in Baghdad, Iraq, Ayad Fadel demonstrated artistic talent early in life. With the encouragement of his uncle, a renowned artist, Fadel began studying painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Baghdad. Recognizing the difficulty in making a living that is inherent to the career of an artist, he also studied and completed his diploma of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. For Fadel, painting is an ideal means to express the small truths of life as well as deeper aspects of the human experience. His creative process is based on an authentic engagement with others and so in Iraq he continuously sought public spaces to paint portraits as well as express the daily life and traditions of his community through his art. The war in Iraq, however, disrupted this life and the economy for many, making normal existence and artistic expression near impossible. As was the case for many Iraqis, Fadel and his immediate family were forced to leave Iraq. They sought refuge in Jordan in 2004 where he was honored with an exhibition through the Jordanian Ministry of Culture. A few years later, they were granted refugee status in the United States and they have lived in Houston, Texas since 2008. Fadel has also furthered his artistic and professional education in the United States. He has continued his studies at Houston Community College as well as the Glassell School of Art in Houston. Ayad Fadel’s work, both abstract and figurative, uncovers the essence of the subject of his paintings. His artistic expression, using color and movement, powerfully depicts both the pain and tenacious hopes of his native country. Incorporating culturally relevant design and symbols, as well as artistic aspirations of what the future could be, his work continues to reveal the hopes and dreams held by much of humanity. Fadel says, “My native country is riddled with beauty and danger. These two extremes impact the soul very deeply. No one chooses openly to leave their homeland, but when life has been completely disrupted, one must leave with the hopes of creating a better future from afar.” Fadel says further of his work, “It is, therefore, natural that my art should convey my hopes and dreams for the best of the human experience for all people. My belief in the best of humanity has remained steadfast. I know there are kindred spirits who support my work and who, like me, have a vision for peace. I continue in my efforts to develop myself as an artist that I may communicate and connect with my audience.” Allow your eyes to linger on the work. Look at it deeper. Allow your senses to explore the painting and feel it with your soul. My works are an expression of my inner most feelings and are more felt than seen. Allow your heart to explore the story that develops there through what my work has inspired through your senses. - Ayad Fadel Fadel is also an art teacher giving private and small group lessons for
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