Category: Art Festival

Abdalla Al Omari–Leaders as Refugees

Syrian artist Abdalla Al Omari was angry about the pain of his people and the distance and hard-heartedness of world leaders to the plight of those who were vulnerable.  He turned his anger into a positive energy to transform perspectives through art.  He painted the faces of world leaders and people in privilege and power… Read more »

Mamuka Kapanadze

When war broke out between Russia and the Republic of Georgia in 2008 people steeped in the Orthodox Christian traditions were on both sides.  In the Orthodox tradition icons have played a major role in their spirituality and their church architecture, even with an “iconostasis,” a wall of these paintings of Christ and various saints,… Read more »

Ira Maruki (1901-1995) and Toshi Maruki (1912-2000)

The Maruki Gallery is a small art gallery outside of Tokyo. Iri and Toshi Maruki were a married couple, both artists. The grounds of the gallery include both their home and an exhibition of their work. The major exhibit is a collection of fifteen wall-sized paintings on folding screens of the experiences of those in… Read more »

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)

Without a doubt Pablo Picasso was the most influential artist of the 20th Century, spanning many eras of art and shaping many different schools and styles. He was one of the founders of Cubism, though he ranged into many other styles in the various periods of his artistic production. Picasso produced over 20,000 different pieces… Read more »

Syrian Artist Express the Pain of War and Visions of Healing

Eight professional Syrian artists living in exile exhibited some of their work at an exhibition at the residence of U.S. Ambassador.  For a report about the exhibition and to see more of the art:  click here.