BIO OF 1ST PLACE WINNER KHAIRY ADAM: He was born in Kurdistan Region-IQ in 1981. Adam started his journey in 1996 when he attended the Institute of Fine Art in Duhok. In 2001 he graduated from the Institute of Fine Arts in Duhok with a Diploma in Painting. In 2004 he attended College and earned his degree from college of Fine Arts Salahaddin University in Erbil with Bachelor Degree in Painting. He worked seven years as an art teacher in different schools including the Fine Arts Institute of Duhok. He attended the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA in 2012 and in 2015 got his master degree in contemporary realism as a figurative artist. He is currently instructor in Fine Art Institution in Duhok, and part time adjunct at AUK and CU.
BIO OF 1ST PLACE WINNER KHAIRY ADAM (continued): The purpose of his paintings is to highlight the soul of the Kurdish woman in her traditional costume. His intent is to depict the connection between Kurdish woman and clothing worn by women in society. This is achieved by shedding light on traditional Kurdish female costumes and the meaning behind the colors and symbols of outfits which have different shapes, styles, designs, and societal meaning. In addition to the symbolic meanings, the design of the dress projects an inner mood and expression often overlooked by Kurdish culture. www.khairyadam.com
BIO OF 1ST PLACE WINNER ROELOF ROSSOUW: I was born in Benoni, South Africa in 1957. I completed my last three school years at Kimberley Boy’s High. When I was seventeen my art teacher took us on an European Art Tour and I fell in love with Europe and travel. Since 1995 I have visited a foreign country almost every year, mainly England and Europe. I have painted in Italy, Kiev, France and USA. After three years at Wits Tecnikon I gained a National Diploma in Art and Design (Graphic Design). In April 1982, I started my first and last salary job working for MEDUNSA (Medical University of Southern Africa) as a graphic artist and medical illustrator. During this time I discovered modern impressionistic painters such as Ken Howard and Bernard Dunstan of England and Max Agostini of France. I began studying their wonderful work which appeared in magazines and I started painting seriously on a daily basis in 1992 and in 1995 I became a successful full time artist never looking back. A total of 43 solo exhibitions at top galleries in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Cheltenham UK. Numerous group exhibitions in South Africa, London, Cheltenham, Glasgow, Jersey, Galway, Armagh (N. Ireland) Montreal, San Francisco, Miami and New York.
BIO OF 1ST PLACE WINNER ROELOF ROSSOUW (continued): My paintings are in the collection of: The Sage Group, Anglo-Vaal; Mount Grace Hotel, Magaliesburg; The Woodburn Mann Art Collection; Rupert International; The Pretoria Art Museum; Clint Eastwood and many private collections in South Africa and throughout the world……….. INVICTUS ARTWORK: In 2009 three of my oil paintings of South African landscapes featured as props in Clint Eastwood’s movie ‘’Invictus’’. When Eastwood arrived on the set he decided to buy two of the paintings for his personal collection. http://art.co.za/roelofrossouw/