Artist Biography

Vian Sora

1976 - Born in Baghdad, Iraq. Lives and works in USA

2006-2007 - Studied original printmaking in Istanbul Museum of Graphic Art IMOGA, Istanbul, Turkey

2000 - Bachelor's degree in Computer Science. Al Mansour University, Baghdad, Iraq

2012 - Bellarmine University, Kentucky, USA


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017 - "Now Here", Quappi Projects, Louisville, KY

2016 - "Displaced Narratives", 1619 Flux, Louisville, KY

2015 - “Sacred Journeys‬”, Festival Of Faiths; Featured Artist, Actors Theater Gallery, Louisville, Kentucky.

2011 - "Escape Into Life", US Chamber Of Commerce, Washington DC 

2010 - "Between Two Worlds" The Green Building Gallery, Louisville, Kentucky

2008 - "Prophecy" Aspen Gallery & Dar el Cid Museum, Kuwait City, Kuwait

2007 - "Legacies: Babylon to Baghdad", Patio Gallery, Louisville, USA

2007 - "Legends of Baghdad ", Showcase Art gallery, Dubai, UAE

2007 - "Reflections: Istanbul to Baghdad", IMOGA Art Gallery and Museum of Graphic Art, Istanbul, Turkey

2006 - "Voyage into Arabia", Aspen Gallery, Dar el Cid Museum, Kuwait City, Kuwait

2006 - "Vian Sora: A Woman in Time", Iraq Museum International Exhibition,Boston, USA

2004 - "Longing to Past", Gallery Zamwa - Sulaymaniyah City, Iraq

2003 - "Vian Sora: Selected Works", Japanese Foundation Culture Center, Ankara, Turkey

2003 - "Neher, Sheher…Misafirat (River, City…Voyage)", The Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul, Turkey

2002 - "Periphrasis, Baghdad" Grundfos office Gallery, Baghdad, Iraq

2001 - "Pulses, Shapes and Sense of Time", Inaa Art Gallery , Baghdad , Iraq


Selected Group Exhibitions

2017 - "Project 19: The Prolonged Gaze", Curated by Miranda Lash, Zephyr Gallery, Louisville, KY

2016 - "Navigate, curated by Jesse Levesque", 1619 Flux Gallery, Louisville, KY

2016 - “Night and the Desert Know Me”, Joan Hisaoka Gallery, Washington DC, UAS

2012 - "Under Cover", Swanson Contemporary Art Gallery, Louisville, USA

2011 - "In the Course of Human Events 9/11-2011", Louisville Visual Art Association, US

2010 - "Women Imagining Women", Pyro Gallery, Louisville, KY

2009 - "Spring Show" Total Arts Gallery at the Courtyard, Dubai, UAE

2008 - 'Selected works by four artists’ Aspen Gallery, Kuwait City, Kuwait

2008 - "Istanbul" Graphic artist annual Exhibition, Istanbul Museum of Graphic Art (IMOGA), Istanbul, Turkey

2007 - "One Stroke", Lahd Art Gallery, Riyadh , Saudi Arabia

2006 - "East West Dialogues, Mysticism", Tugra Gallery, London, UK

2005 - "Art from the Islamic world", Aya Gallery, London, UK

2005 - Women through War Art Exhibition, Al Wasity Art Gallery (Ministry of Culture gallery), Baghdad, Iraq

2004 - "Autumn Exhibition" Gallery M, curator Merriam lequesne, Paris, France

2002 - Four Artist group show, Zamaan Art Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon

2002 - Baghdad Art, International Art Festival, Baghdad, Iraq

2001 - Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah, UAE


Special Projects

2018 - Collaboration with The Louisville Orchestra and conductor Teddy Abrams for new composition by Sebastian Chang entitled “Between Heaven & Earth” including video installation and based on Vian Sora’s art work, The Louisville Orchestra, Louisville, KY

2018 - Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism, audio recording project, The Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY


Selected Residencies and Grants

2018 - Great Meadows Foundation Artist traveling grant recipient

2017 - Great Meadows Foundation Artist traveling grant recipient

2003 - Art Residency Program August, Bodrum, Turkey

2003 - Grundfos Selected Portfolio Artist, Istanbul, Turkey

2002 - Grundfos Sponsored Artist, Copenhagen, Denmark


Public Collections

Dar Al Cid Museum Collection – Kuwait City, Kuwait

AK Bank Collection – Istanbul, Turkey

Ministry of Culture Contemporary Collection – Baghdad, Iraq

Tareq Rajab Collection - Kuwait City, Kuwait