Bahir Al Badry
Bahir Al Badry is an Iraqi artist, currently residing in Harrisonburg, VA. In 1980, he earned his Marine Engineering degree from Rijeka College in Croatia and he started his career as an artist in 1979. His overseas travels have been an inspiration for his art and he has explored themes of justice, freedom and existence. In his work, he utilizes elements of totem art and focuses on humanity, peace, love and freedom - elements of life that he feels he was deprived of in Iraq.
Through art, he expresses a need to resolve the issues of mankind, while also exploring the cultural aspects of his birthplace and of ancient Mesopotamia - a culture which he believes is heavily engraved in his identity.