Ravo Ossman Sinjari

About Ravo Ossman Sinjari

Technique: oil on canvas

Ravo Sinjari is a Yazidi artist born in Sinjar in 1971. In his artwork he wants to show his audience the suffering of the Yazidis and their traditions.

In 1987 he started his studies at the Institute of Fine Arts in Mosul. Between 2000 and 2003 he lived in Syria because of problems with Saddam Hussein’s Government. In 2009 he fled Iraq again to Italy due to threats from Islamists. In 2016 he settled in Germany.

The large painting is named Shingal Genocide and it consists of eight pieces measuring 70 by 100 cm. It is painted in a surreal style. He used the golden triangle in the composition of the painting. It was inspired by real scenes from the 3rd of August 2014, such as when the Kurdish forces left Yezidis behind to be attacked by the Islamic State. People suffered when trying to escape, got killed and women trapped. When producing this art piece Ravo felt very sad and depressed because he lost many of his relatives, friends and his own artwork.

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