Iraq Museum Project

Contemporary Middle Eastern Art

Iraqi expressionist painter Vian Sora was born in Baghdad. Prior to 2003 she spent endless days at the Iraqi National Museum and at archaeological sites throughout Iraq.

Her paintings here bridge the ancient and modern Iraq, using a mixture of materials including solids and oils that creates a near-leather texture for engraving and coloring. She creates on canvas a contemporary interpretation of the walls of long ago.

To Sora, the history and heritage of Mesopotamia are now seemingly forgotten by those in distant lands, and she seeks to keep alive the colors, shapes, shadows and symbols of a culture that is critical for all humanity.

She has had one-person shows in Baghdad, Sulaimania, Ankara, Istanbul, and Copenhagen, and has been featured in group shows and art festivals in the Middle East and Europe, including Baghdad, Beirut, Istanbul, Sharjah, Amman, Rome, Zurich and Paris.

Learn more about this unique project here.

Note: Vian Sora's new solo show, "Voyage Into Arabia," opens November 11, 2006, at the Aspen Gallery, Kuwait - Dar El Cid