Khairy Adam | About


He was born in southern Kurdistan in 1981 he attended the Institute of fine art in Duhok. In 2001 he graduated from the Institute of Fine Arts in Duhok with a Diploma in Painting. In 2008 he graduated from the College of Fine Arts Salahaddin University in Erbil with a Bachelor Degree in Painting. He worked seven years as an art teacher in different schools including the Fine Arts Institute of Duhok, Kurdistan. He attended the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA in 2012 and in 2015 got his master degree in contemporary realism as a figurative artist.

Artist Statement 

The purpose of his paintings is to highlight the soul of the Kurdish woman in her traditional costume. His intent is to depict the connection between Kurdish woman and clothing worn by women in society. This is achieved by shedding light on traditional Kurdish female costumes and the meaning behind the colors and symbols of outfits which have different shapes, styles, designs, and societal meaning. In addition to the symbolic meanings, the design of the dress projects an inner mood and expression often overlooked by Kurdish culture.


2015 MFA Painting Academy of Art University

2008 BFA Painting Salahaddin University

2001 Diploma Painting Institute of Fine Arts, Kurdistan


2015 Academy of Art University, Spring Show, Body of Work Award

2001 International Committee of the Red Cross, Honor for Poster

Solo Exhibition:

2017 Duhok Gallery, Kurdistan, IQ

2015 The Girl of Dreams, Cannery Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2017             Klturwan Festival, Amnasuraka, Sulaimany, Kurdistan, IQ

2015             Academy of Art University Spring Show, San Francisco, CA

2014             Academy of Art University Spring Show, San Francisco, CA

2014             Kurdish Youth Festival, Miami, FL

2013           Kurdish Youth Festival, San Diego, CA

2010             Contemporary Art Group Collective, Media Gallery, Erbil, Kurdistan, IQ

2009           Contemporary Art Group Collective, Martyr Salman Gallery, Duhok, Kurdistan, IQ

2006-2010 Duhok Gallery Annual Exhibition, Duhok, Kurdistan, IQ

2004-2008 College Exhibitions, College of Fine Art Gallery, Erbil, Kurdistan, IQ

2008           Land Art Public Work, Shaqlawa, Kurdistan, IQ

2007           Installation Art Exhibition, College of Fine Art, Erbil, Kurdistan, IQ

2001           International Committee of the Red Cross Exhibition, Martyr Salman Gallery in Duhok, Media Gallery in Erbil, Ashti Palace Hall in Sulaymaniya, Kurdistan, IQ

1996-2001 Annual Institute Festivals, Institution Halls, Duhok, Kurdistan, IQ



2008-2010       Artistic design, studio decoration Vin TV, Korek TV, Kurdistan

2007            Elementary school Murals in Duhok City, Education Directorate

2007               21 Kids Comic Books Illustration, Khane press center, Kurdistan

2006             Mural in Akre County, Akre County, Public work commission


Work Experience:

2009-2012       Associate Director, Institute of Fine Art, painting department, Duhok

2009-Present Staff of Contemporary Art Group

2008-2012       Fine Art Institute Teacher, Kurdistan

2002-2004       Elementary School Art Teacher, Kurdistan

2001                Member of Kurdistan Artist Syndicate