Hayv Kahraman was born in Baghdad, Iraq 1981. She lives and works in Oakland, Ca and is a graduate of the Academy or Art and Design Leonetto Cappiello in Florence in Graphic Design, Italy. Recent solo exhibitions include Extimacy, The third line gallery, Dubai, Pins and Needles, The third line gallery, Dubai ; Waraq, Frey Norris, San Francisco ; Seven gates, Green Cardamom, London. Recent group exhibitions include: The Jameel tour, The Victoria and Albert museum, London ; Institute de Monde Arabe, Paris ; Museum of Fine art Houston, Houston ; Casa Arabe, Madrid ; Disquieting muses, Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki, State Museum of Contemporary Art, Greece (2011) ; Of women’s modesty and anger, Villa Empain center for the arts, Brussels (2011) ; Taswir, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin Germany (2010) ; Unveiled: New art from the middle east, Saatchi gallery, London (2009);https://www.facebook.com/pages/the-artwork-of-Hayv-Kahraman/344172930307
Hayv Kahraman is represented by The Third Line gallery, Dubai, UAE
Hayv Kahraman is an artist from Iraq. Spanning drawing, painting, and sculpture, her practice engages with very difficult issues surrounding female identity in her homeland – how women are victimised within their own culture, made subservient to men and often suffer the most from the effects of the war. Kahraman tells these tales of horror with a demure grace through her stunningly beautiful paintings. In this series of work, her images depict the scriptural story of the Sacrifice of The Lamb, which is central to the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha, recasting the figures as women.