Ramzi Ghotbaldin lives and paints in Paris. Born in Kurdistan in 1955, he graduated from Baghdad’s Institute of Fine Arts. From 1982 until his move to Paris in 1990 he worked with the Kurdish resistance to the Iraqi government. His work has been shown in the U.S., Japan, France, Iran and other countries.
Sardar Kestay, born in Duhok, Kurdistan in 1973, was Director of the Duhok Gallery from 2009-2013, and has worked as a caricaturist for Waar Daily Newspsper. He has exhibited his work in the U.S., Germany, Turkey, Sweden and many other countries. He lives in upstate New York.
“Colors of Kurdistan” is sponsored by the Kurdistan Regional Government’s diplomatic mission in the United States. Kurdistan is an autonomous region within Iraq, with a population of 5.2 million. The capital of the Kurdistan Regional Government is Erbil, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. The region is religiously, ethnically and geographically diverse. Kurdistan today is remarkably safe and stable, contributing to its desirability as a tourism destination.