Is It Morning For You Yet?58th Carnegie International


Dia al-Azzawi

Dia al-Azzawi (b. 1939, Baghdad; lives in London) is best known as a colorist painter. He celebrates Arab culture in his work, while blurring the boundaries between art forms and embracing ever-new technologies. His works are notable for their impressive scale—especially monumental paintings, sculptures, and architectural design—and the amalgamation of images and the written word (works on paper and artist’s books). He has exhibited in countless solo and group exhibitions worldwide, particularly in Europe and across the Arab world, including three retrospectives: at Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris; ADMAF, Abu Dhabi; and Al Riwaq Gallery and Mathaf Museum, Doha. In addition to a large number of limited-edition prints, his work has been featured in myriad publications and can be found in numerous public and private collections.

recreations of ruins
Dia al-Azzawi, Ruins of Two Cities: Mosul and Aleppo (detail), 2020, polyester resin, 236 1⁄4 × 314 15⁄16 × 5 7⁄8 in., courtesy of the artist, photo: Mohannad Khamra