Jelbert Karami

About Jelbert Karami

Technique: acrylic, pen, rapit, gouache and ink on paper and canvas.

Jelbert Karami is an Assyrian Iranian artist born in Tehran in 1985. He began painting at the age of 14.

When he was 20, he started painting professionally and taught art in different schools in Tehran. He also held art workshops at various private clubs in the city.

Jelbert have had solo exhibitions both Iran and in the USA. In the last decade he started utilizing wood as a new medium for his art.

Most of Jelbert’s work consists of large portraits displaying the social issues the people in the Middle East are facing. He particularly has a passion for women’s oppression.

For instance, he put wounds on their hands and feet as they have been crucified because of their beliefs or religious background. These portraits express how life, basic living and freedom – something which they desperately long for – has been taken from the people in situation of wars and killings. In these portraits he also wants to show the pain of Assyrians and their suffering more specifically.

The research project “Gilgamesh: Untold Experiences of Vulnerable Groups” is co-financed by the Swedish Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.