Rafa NASIRI

artists

  • 1940 Artist Rafa Nasiri was born in Tikrit, Iraq.
  • 1946 - 1958 He completed his primary, middle and high school studies in different schools in Tikrit and Baghdad.
  • 1956 - 1959 He studied and graduated from the Institute of Fine Arts in Baghdad and obtained a Diploma in Painting.
  • 1959 - 1963 He studied and graduated from his artistic expedition at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and obtained a BA in graphic art and held a solo exhibition of paintings and graphics at The International Chamber of Commerce Hall in Hong Kong during his stay in China.
  • 1960 He obtained a fellowship at the expense of the Iraqi government to study fine arts in China.
  • 1964 He was appointed as Professor at the Institute of Fine Arts in Baghdad.
  • 1965 He held a solo exhibition at the Czechoslovak Cultural Center in Baghdad and participated in the Contemporary Iraqi Graphic Exhibition in the Berlin Museum, Germany, the eighth annual exhibition of the Iraqi Artists Association and the National Gallery of Modern Art in Baghdad.
  • 1966 He held a solo exhibition at Aya Gallery in Baghdad and participated in the Iraqi graphic exhibition in Berlin.
  • 1967 - 1969 He was awarded a fellowship for a course in graphic art at the Gravura Studio by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, Portugal and obtained a diploma in graphic art.
  • 1967 He participated in an exhibition of three artists "Al-Nasiri, Samarchi, and Al-Dabbagh" at the Hall of the World Geographical Association in Lisbon.
  • 1968 He participated in the first triennial exhibition in India and a joint exhibition of three graphic artists "Al-Nasiri, Samarchi, and Al-Dabbagh" at the Gravura Studio in Lisbon.
  • 1969 He held a solo exhibition at the Iraqi Artists Association in Baghdad and participated in the first graphic biennale in Belgium and an exhibition by three artists, "Al-Nasiri, Samarchi, and Al-Dabbagh" at Gallery One in Beirut.
  • 1970 He held a solo exhibition at Sultan Gallery in Kuwait and participated in the Iraqi posters exhibition "Azzawi, Al-Nasiri, Al-Jumaie, Samarchi, Muhraddin, Ramzi, Sheikh Nouri" at the National Museum of Modern Art in Baghdad.
  • 1971 He held a solo exhibition at Sultan Gallery in Kuwait and participated in an exhibition of four Iraqi artists "Azzawi, Al-Nasiri, Al-Jumaie, and Samarchi" at the National Museum of Modern Art in Baghdad and the Iraqi Contemporary Art Exhibition in cooperation with the Iraqi Artists Association in Kuwait and the first exhibition of the One Dimension Group in Baghdad.
  • 1972 He participated in the first graphic biennale in Norway, the Arab art exhibition in Nicosia, the fourth international poster biennale in Poland, an exhibition of three artists " Azzawi, Al-Nasiri, and Al-Jumaie" in Gallery One in Beirut and an exhibition of four artists "Azzawi, Al-Nasiri, Al-Jumaie, and Samarchi" in the hall of The National Museum of Modern Art in Baghdad and the exhibition of contemporary Iraqi art in the hall of the National Museum of Modern Art in Baghdad.
  • 1973 He held a solo exhibition at “Gallery Contact” in Beirut and participated in an exhibition of six Iraqi and Syrian artists at the National Museum of Modern Art in Baghdad, the Arab Cultural Center and the Museum of Antiquities in Damascus.
  • 1974 - 1975 He traveled to Salzburg, Austria, to take a training course at the International Summer Academy.
  • 1974 He held a solo exhibition at Sultan Gallery in Kuwait and participated in the Fourth International Biennale of Painting in Yugoslavia, the Fifth International Poster Biennale in Poland, an exhibition of seven Iraqi artists at the National Museum of Modern Art in Baghdad and the first Arab Biennale exhibition in Baghdad. He also founded and headed the graphic department at the Institute of Fine Arts in Baghdad until 1989.
  • 1975 He held a solo exhibition at the National Museum of Modern Art in Baghdad and participated in the third triennial in India and the Iraqi Graphic Exhibition at the Iraqi Cultural Center in Beirut and the Iraqi Graphic Exhibition for three artists "Azzawi, Al-Nasiri, Al-Jumaie" at the National Museum of Modern Art in Baghdad.
  • 1976 - 1989 He traveled to London, United Kingdom, to take a training course at the Printing Center.
  • 1976 He held a solo exhibition in a gallery in Casablanca and participated in the second biennale in Rabat, the third graphic biennale in Norway, the sixth international poster biennale in Poland, the exhibition of contemporary Iraqi art at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris and the Fifth International Biennale of Paintings in Croatia.
  • 1977 He held a solo exhibition at Sultan Gallery in Kuwait and participated in the 9th International Painting Exhibition in France, the 12th International Graphic Biennale in Yugoslavia, an exhibition of seven Iraqi artists at the Iraqi Cultural Center in London, and the 7th International Poster Biennale in Poland.
  • 1978 He participated in the Sixth International Biennale of Graphics in Croatia, the Eighth International Biennale of Graphics in Brno and Yugoslavia, the Arab Graphic Exhibition in London, the World Exhibition for Palestine in Beirut, the Fourth International Biennale of Graphics in Norway and the 5th April Exhibition at the National Museum of Modern Art in Baghdad.
  • 1979 He held a solo exhibition at Al-Riwaq Gallery, Baghdad and participated in the Contemporary Iraqi Art Exhibition in Messina, Italy.
  • 1980 He held a solo exhibition at the Sultan Gallery in Kuwait and participated in the International Graphic Biennale in Stadt in Norway and the World Biennale in Krakow in Poland, the 7th April exhibition at the Hall of the National Museum of Modern Art in Baghdad and the exhibition of the influence of Arabic script on contemporary Arab art and the Third World Graphic Biennale in The Iraqi Cultural Center in London.
  • 1981 He held a solo exhibition at the Jordan National Museum of Fine Arts in Amman, Jordan.
  • 1982 He participated in the International Graphic Biennale in Bradford, England and the Contemporary Arab Graphic Exhibition at the Graffiti Gallery in London.
  • 1983 He held a solo exhibition at Faris Gallery in Paris, France and participated in the exhibition of twelve contemporary Arab artists at Faris Gallery in Paris, the second exhibition of contemporary Arab graphics at the Graffiti Gallery in London, and the Contemporary Arab Graphic Exhibition at the Iraqi Cultural Center in London.
  • 1984 He held a solo exhibition at Al-Riwaq Gallery in Baghdad and participated in the exhibition of Contemporary Arab Art at the Museum of Modern Art in Tunisia.
  • 1985 Held a solo exhibition at Sultan Gallery in Kuwait and participated in the Contemporary Iraqi Graphic Exhibition at Al-Orfali Hall in Baghdad and the 8th Asilah Season in Asilah, Morocco and the Contemporary Arab Art Exhibition at the Blackman Harvey Gallery in London.
  • 1986 He held a solo exhibition at Al-Riwaq Hall in Baghdad. He participated in an exhibition at the Comparison Salon in the Grand Palace in Paris, France, and the Baghdad International Festival for Plastic Art at the Saddam Art Center in Baghdad and the Contemporary Arab Art Exhibition at Mall Gallery in London.
  • 1988 He participated in the exhibition "Azzawi, Al-Jumaie and Al-Nasiri" at the “Diwan Al-Kufa” Gallery in London.
  • 1989 He held a solo exhibition at the Central Art Gallery in Beijing, China, and a solo exhibition in his studio in Baghdad and participated in the exhibition of contemporary art in the Islamic world at the Barbican Center in London and traveled to Madrid, Spain to take a training course in a studio at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
  • 1990 He held a solo exhibition in his studio in Baghdad and participated in the Iraqi Contemporary Art Exhibition in Cyprus.
  • 1991 - 1997 He worked as a lecturer at Yarmouk University in Jordan for six years.
  • 1992 He held a solo exhibition in his studio in Baghdad and participated in an exhibition with the artist Ali Talib at the Shoman Foundation in Amman.
  • 1993 He held a solo exhibition at the 50 x 70 gallery in Beirut and participated in the International Graphic Triennial.
  • 1994 He held a solo exhibition at the French Cultural Center in Amman.
  • 1996 He held a solo exhibition at the Arts Center in Manama, Bahrain.
  • 1997 He worked as a lecturer at the University of Bahrain and director of the Bahrain Center for Fine Arts for six years and until 2003, and he held a solo exhibition at the Sharjah Art Gallery in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates and a joint graphic exhibition at the House of Arts in Amman and participated in the exhibition "Azzawi, Al-Nasiri, Ismail Fattah, Tariq Ibrahim, Ali Talib" at Green Art Gallery in Dubai.
  • 1998 He participated in the exhibition "Al-Nasiri and Al-Attar" at Al-Riwaq Hall in Bahrain, and the exhibition "Al-Nasiri and Azzawi" at the La Teinturerie Gallery in Paris.
  • 1999 He held a solo exhibition at the Bahrain National Museum in Manama, Bahrain and at the Atelierhaus Eglau Gallery in Kampen, Germany, and participated in the "Summer Festival 99 - Fifty Years of Contemporary Iraqi Graphic Art" at Darat Al Funun - Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation in Amman, Jordan.
  • 2000 He participated in an exhibition “Journeys with Contemporary Arts in the Arab World - Contemporary Artists from Mesopotamia” at Darat al Funun - Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation in Amman, Jordan.
  • 2001 He held a solo exhibition at Roshan Gallery in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
  • 2002 He held a solo exhibition at Al Riwaq Gallery in Manama and at 4 Walls Gallery in Amman.
  • 2004 He held a solo exhibition at the 4 Walls Gallery in Amman and Atassi Gallery in Damascus. He traveled to France for an artistic residency in the International City of Arts in Paris.
  • 2005 He held a solo exhibition at “Green Art” Gallery in Dubai and participated in the exhibition "Improvisation" at Al-Riwaq Hall in Bahrain, the "Dafatir" exhibition at the University of Northern Texas in the United States of America, and an exhibition of "Creative Improvisations" by seven Iraqi artists at the Bisan Gallery in Doha and Al-Riwaq Gallery in Manama and Gallery 4 Walls in Amman.
  • 2006 He held a solo exhibition at Al-Riwaq Gallery in Manama participated in the "Word into Art" exhibition at the British Museum in London.
  • 2007 He held a solo exhibition at Sultan Gallery in Kuwait and participated in the exhibition "Dafatir: Contemporary Art Exhibition" at the Art Books Center in New York, an exhibition at the Minneapolis Atheneum Museum in Dakota, and an exhibition at the Jaffe Art Book Center in Boca Raton, Florida, in the United States of America.
  • 2008 He held a solo exhibition at Green Art Gallery in Dubai and participated in the "Word into Art" exhibition at the British Museum and the DIFC in the United Arab Emirates and the exhibition "Iraqi Artists in Exile" at the Station Museum of Contemporary Art in the United States of America. He obtained an artistic residency for the second time in the International City of Arts in Paris.
  • 2009 He participated in the exhibition "Modernity and Iraq" at Gallery Walsh at Columbia University in the United States of America and the exhibition "My Homeland" at Sawa Gallery in Dubai.
  • 2010 He held a solo exhibition at Nabadh Gallery in Amman.
  • 2011 He participated in the exhibition "Iraqi Art Today" with Dia Azzawi and Ali Talib at Meem Gallery in Dubai.
  • 2012 He participated in the exhibition "Iraqi Art Today" with Dia Azzawi and Ali Talib at the Beirut Exhibition Center in Beirut and the exhibition "Sajjil, Arab Arts in a Hundred Years" at the Arab Museum of Art in Doha, Qatar.
  • 2013 He held a solo exhibition at the Gallery of the Financial Harbor in Manama.
  • November 11, 2013, a retrospective exhibition entitled "50 Years of Painting and Printing" was held at the Jordan National Museum of Fine Arts in Amman.
  • He wrote several books about his art, and many books were published by his wife, Mrs. May Mudhafar, during his artistic career.
  • December 7, 2013 The artist passed away in Amman and his body was buried there, at the age of seventy-three, after suffering from cancer, which did not grant him much time to live.
  • 2014 Artist Dia Azzawi held an exhibition "Homage to Rafa Al-Nasiri" on the occasion of the forty-day passage of his departure at Nabadh Hall in Amman.
  • 2015 His works were exhibited in an exhibition by Arab artists entitled "From Diagnosis to Abstraction" that was held in the Islamic Pavilion in the British Underground in London.
  • 2019 His works were exhibited in the exhibition "Theater of Operations: The Gulf Wars 1991–2011" at the Museum of Modern Art - MoMA PS1 in New York.
  • He was a member of the Baghdad Group for Modern Art.
  • He was a member of the Iraqi Plastic Artists Association.

 

 

لقاء مع رافع الناصري برنامج " لوحة وفنان"، التلفزيون العراقي ١٩٨٦