Qasim Alsharqy

About Qasim Alsharqy

Technique: Oil and acrylic on canvas

Qasim Alsharqy was born in 1990 in Shingal, Iraq. In 2011 he settled in Germany. Qasim started drawing already at primary school about the beauty of life. After the American invasion of Iraq in 2003 his themes changed to drawing tragedies.

Because of living oppressed as a Yazidi minority he decided to migrate to Germany where he thought there is more humanity and where art is valued more. There he produced paintings with themes related to freedom and human rights and the tragedies which Yazidis are experiences at the moment.

In his paintings, the sun plays a central role because it belongs to the most sacred symbols of the Yezidi religion.

He believes it is his honour to fight terrorism with his brush and that it is stronger than the weapons of the enemies of humanity; he wants to bring back smiles on the faces of the saddened faces of his people who have lost so many innocent members.

In the last few years Qasim have had several exhibitions in Europe.

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