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Waleed R. Qaisi

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Name : Waleed R. Qaisi

Born in: Baghdad 1963

Education: Institute of Fine Arts, ceramics. 1985 -Baghdad. Iraq

Solo Exhibitions:

2014: Kunstforeningen Det Ny Kastet, Thisted. Denmark

2013: Dar Al Anda Gallery . Jordan

2010: Yousef Al Sharif Gallery. Qatar

2007: Danish House. Qatar

2004 :Kufa Gallery. London. UK

2001: Sheik Hasan Al Thani Gallery. Qatar

1999: Dar Al Anda Gallery . Jordan

1996: Royal Cultural Center . Jordan

1996-1994: Jerash festival for culture and arts. Jordan

Group Exhibitions

2013- International Dialogue East and West. Morocco

2012- Modern Iraqi Art exhibition, Owais Foundation. Dubai

2012- University College Nordjylland . Aalborg. Denmark

2012 – The 1st biennale of visual arts, Casablanca. Morocco

2012 –Black and white , Doha. Qatar

2011 -Southwestern College Art Gallery, CA. USA

2010- Marziart international gallery.Hamburg, Germany

2008-2006: 1st & 2nd Biennale International De Ceramica De Marratxi BICMA. Spain

2008- 2005-2004:Gold Coast international ceramic Award-Australia

2008-2004 1st and 2nd International Ceramic Journal Editors Symposium. China

2008- The first Shanghai International Modern art pot Biennale. China

2007- Teapot Tournament, Huston University, TX. USA

2006- Agora Gallery, New York. U S A

2006- elit-tile International Museum of Contemporary Ceramics. Saint Dominican

2006- Omma gallery for contemporary art, CA.USA

2005- Triennial Exhibition of Flower Vases. Croatia

2002 - 2005-Lilliput Ceramics, world exhibition of small and miniature ceramics. Croatia

2005-Challenge the nail exhibition, Salon des arts, Painting-London. UK

2005-Art festival, Omma gallery, Painting.Istanbul. Turkey

2004-Ceramics exhibition - North Carolina. U S A

2004-The 3rd International Ceramic Biennale. Belgium

2004-The 9th Biennale de la Ceramique. Belgium

2004-The 3rd Contemporary of Ceramic art. Greece

2004-The ceramics competition of Une Euvre De Faience. France

2003-Museu Del Cantir D’Argentona , Barcelona .Spain

2003-International charitable exhibition of art ceramic. Croatia

1998-2002-Cairo Intentional ceramics biennale. Egypt

2002--“ First Exhibition of Flower Vases”. Croatia

2001-Contemporary Arabic Art. Qatar

1999-Small Pieces exhibition.,Orfaly Gallery. Jordan

1997- A group of Arab Artists exhibition Orfaly gallery. Jordan  1996- International Gent Festival. Belgium

1993- Modern Iraq Sculpture exhibition. Baghdad

1991-Modern Iraqi Art exhibition. Jordan

1989 -Modern Iraqi Art exhibition. Cypress

1988-Baghdad International Festival for Arts 1st Baghdad

1986-Baghdad International Festival for Arts 2nd. Baghdad

1983- Tahrer gallery, Baghdad

Teaching experience

2001-2014: teaching as daily workshops for adults at Youth creative art center, Doha . Qatar

1999-2000: Establishing studio and teaching at Alasryia secondary school , Amman . Jordan

1996-2000: Establishing studio and teaching at Orfaly art center and gallery, Amman .Jordan


2014: GENDO art Center for ceramics ( ceramics and painting ) , Tolne, Denmark

2013: GENDO art Center for ceramics ( ceramics and painting) , Tolne, Denmark

2012: ScanCeram, ceramics demonstration. Aalborg University. Denmark

2011: Creating talking room ( the IDEA) to encourage youth to talk about art, at Youth creative art center ,Doha. Qatar

2011: Creating and supervising ( Black and white), at Youth creative art center , Doha. Qatar

2009: Creating and supervising (Pop art) , at Youth creative art center , Doha. Qatar.

2004: Workshop and lecture at Assela Festival. Morocco

2003: Museu Del Cantir D’Argentona , ceramics fair and workshop, Barcelona. Spain

1996 – 1994- Jerash festival for culture and art . Jordan Residency

2008: La Meridiana International ceramic art center. Italy

2004:The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park. Japan

2003: Museum of International Ceramic Art, Guldagergaard. Denmark


2012: ScanCeram ceramics, Aalborg University. Denmark

Ceramic factory establishing

1995-1997: establishing and supervising ARABESQUE CERAMICS factory, Amman. Jordan

1997-1999: Supervising artist at Orient arts factory, Amman. Jordan


2014 :New Ceramics .Jan Issue ,1 page 41. Germany

2012: Ceramics Art and Perception, page 94-97, issue 86. USA

2012: Ceramics Monthly, page 52, issue Jun, Jul, Aug. USA

2011: New Ceramics. The European Ceramics Magazine, page 32-35, issue 3. Germany

2010 : International contemporary Artists. Vol 1, ICA publications. USA

2003 : Ceramics Technical, page 84-85, issue 16. Australia.

Prizes and certificates

2008: Exhibitor certification, Shanghai Arts and Crafts Museum. China

2007:1st prize in ceramic International Art Contest, Avisen-avk’s. Denmark

2004: Artist in Residency Certificate. Japan

2003: Artist in Residency Certificate. Denmark

1993: Ministry of Culture and Information Pottery Prize. Iraq

1992: Modern art Prize. Iraq

1987: Wasitty Festival – Second prize. Iraq

1987: Art day exhibition. Iraq


Modern art museum, Casablanca. Morocco

Modern Art Center-Iraq

Modern Art National Museum. Jordan Al Sharja Museum. Sharja

National Museum. Egypt

Modern Arabic Art Museum. Qatar

Keramika Sisak Gallery, Zagreb. Croatia

Guldagergaar International Museum of Ceramic Art . Denmark

Museum Del Cantir , Argentona Barcelona. Spain

Shigaraki museum, Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park. Japan

Fule Museum of contemporary ceramics. China

Kufa Gallery. London

Museum of Huston University. TX. USA

Shanghai Arts and Crafts Museum. China


Waleed R. Qaisi was born in Baghdad, Iraq 1963, where he started his art path as a reader of poetry,

Novels and art.

He pursued his interest and passion in art at art centres in 1980 and through higher education and

Graduated from the Fine art ceramic department in 1985.

Waleed first presented his art vision to the art scene in Iraq by declaring "the form deconstruction,

Rebuilding and representing it in different ways and freeing the clay from its restrains" because he

rejected all the teaching rules and traditions. This was presented also through his first exhibition

with his friend in 1983 at Tahrer gallery in Baghdad.

Then he presented his graduation project using earthenware glazing technique and firing in electric

kiln with the theme "Presenting beauty through ugliness".

During his art studies he worked with Tariq Ibrahim -his professor- and a ceramist to execute huge

murals and installations. After graduation Waleed had to enrol in the compulsory military service but he continued

participating in the art scene through group and solo exhibitions and earned many awards (1983-

1993) also he has participated for the first time in an international visual art festival (1986-1988) in


Then he built a traditional old "Sumerian" Iraqi kiln called (Kura) fuelled by oil to fire his work.

After the end of the Iraq- Iran war 1988 he researched more about the material (Clay). As a result his

art vision became deeper and more mature; hence destruction as a meaning and as an action had

changed for him.

After serving in the first gulf war 1990 and its disastrous end that shocked him and made him a

strong rebel toward everything around him, then Waleed decided to leave Baghdad to Amman Jordan.

In Jordan he worked and established a ceramic factory with a partner. There he grasped new

experience in industrial ceramics and marketing the art work. During this period he also established

a ceramic studio for the Orfali gallery and taught ceramics there and at private secondary school.

The main concept of Waleed's work is based on abstraction and expression through this creative clay

and through his studies and readings and all of these is related to thinking and to a vision that stands

on destruction of material and soul.

In 2001 he moved to Qatar to lead and to teach ceramic art for youth at an art centre where he

taught Qataris and foreigners through this vision (thinking, making, learning). During his living in

Qatar he travelled many times to many places to view and to read the international art scene live;

while he considered those art masters as his idols during studying like" Robert Rauschenberg, Peter

Voulkos, Don Reitz, Rudy Autio , Antoni Tàpies , Eduardo Chillida , Joseph Beuys , John Cage " whom

their ideas and work had touched and met his heart and thoughts.

Through the period (1985-2013) he held solo exhibitions in Iraq, Jordan, Qatar, and London.

Also he has been invited to participate in many international group exhibitions and biennales in USA,

Germany, Spain, France, China, Australia, Greece, Belgium, Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, San Dominican,

Qatar, UAE, England and Morocco through this period (1996-2013).

Also he has completed projects during art residencies in Denmark titled "My Journey", Japan

"Beauty and Magic", Italy "What do you see through windows?", in Spain "Figures" and I fitry Morocco

"Letters from Baghdad to the world".

Waleed has given workshops of ceramics and mix media at GENDO in Tolne- Denmark and Qatar.

His art collections are in museums and private collections in Iraq, Jordan, UAE, Egypt, China, Japan,

Denmark, Italy, Spain, Qatar, Croatia, Belgium, USA, France, London, San Dominican, Nicaragua,

Germany, Morocco, Canada and Australia.

Waleed has publications and press releases in art magazines (Ceramic Technical 2003 Aus, New

Ceramics 2011 Germany, Ceramic Art and Perception 2012 USA, Ceramic Monthly 2012 USA, New

Ceramics 2014, and International Contemporary Artists Book Volume1- New York published by ICA