2012: Paternity leave

2002 – 2011: Art and design teacher at Andebølle Ungdomshøjskole. Painting, drawing, water colour, ceramics, paper, jewellery, design,bookbinding among other things. Elected students favorite teacher several semesters. (In 2011 Andebølle Ungdomshøjskole went bankrupt.)

2005-2006: Granted leave from Andebølle to teach at the academy of arts in Suleimania in Iraq in art and design.

2001: Industrial designer at Umates A/S. Design og product development of laptop bags with the use of 3D STUDIO MAX, drawing and modelling.

1998 – 99: Designer i Blue Horizon. Mens and women collection in natural materials along with general quality controlling and negotiations with suppliers in Turkey. Art director of catalogue and Blue Horizon company logo.

1997- 98: Interior decoration and subsequent management of the store "Niaz", Frederiksberg, Copenhagen. Clothes design and tailored mens and womens wear in leather and fur.

1995 – 97: Associated teacher at the School of Design in both i Kolding and København as well as the Schools of Architecture in Århus and Copenhagen. Consultant on graduation projects. Lectures at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen as well as a series of libraries. Cultural lectures at the museum Davids Samling in Copenhagen for the School of Design.

1993: Teaching assistant at the industrial design department of the School of Design in Kolding.


2012: Art project with artist Jens Galschiøt to create a monument for the Anfal Genocide. Invited by the First Lady of  Iraq to be involved in establishment of Rehabilitation Center for Women in Iraq in cooperation with Colette Markus.

Two paper art exhibitions in Suleymania and Khanaqin in Iraq.

2011: Art project with my wife – monument at Andebølle

2010: Ceramics and paintings ordered by the Iraqi Embassy of Copenhagen to be presented as New Years gifts to Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II, Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen and Foreign Minister Lene Espersen.

2008: Art exhibition in the Royal Opera of Denmark at a galla night for Iraqi and Danish politicians.

2004: Calligraphic work for the band Outlandish used in their music video

1998: Art exhibition  at the opening of the Haderslev Rehabilitation Center for victims of torture conducted by Princess Alexandra of Denmark. Ceramics, bronze, drawings and paper reliefs.

Fra 1989: Several book covers for publications of University of Southern Jutland.



1989 - 92
Graduated as Interior Designer (correspondence school, parallel to my studies at the School of Design)

1991- 92
Graduated as Industrial Designer from the School of Design, Kolding.

1987 - 91
Graduated from the department of Ceramics and Bronze at the School of Design, Kolding.

Completed my studies at the Academy of Arts in Bagdad. Was denied graduation and expelled for political reasons.

Courses:    2006-2007
Built wooden Greenlandic sea kayak at Sea Kayak Club, Odense.

Puppet maker course in Silkeborg with the famous puppet maker Antonin Müller of Prague.  Later same year 10 day stay with Antonin Müllers at his work shop in Prague, invited by Antonin and his wife, puppeteer Michaela Bartoli (Tineola Theatre).

2001: Private lessons in the art of book binding.

2000 - 2001
Advanced 3D STUDIO MAX-course at Team Vision.

1998 GIS-course at the School of Architecture, Academy of Arts


Born in Iraq in 1961  by Kurdish parents, I have always been drawing and designing, showing a general interest in art. Later in life, in 1983, opposing Saddam Hussein's regime forced med to flee from Iraq to Iran. Soon after I had to leave Iran for political reasons.

In 1985 I arrived in Denmark, which has since then been my home country – apart from an 8 month leave from work in 2005-2006, which I spent in Iraq teaching at the Academy of Arts in Suleimania to help rebuild the country. During this time I met my lovely wife Avan, who is also an artist. She joined me in Denmark and we now have baby daughter.

As for spare time, aside from spending time with my family and friends, I’m always looking for new inspiration weather going to exhibitions, movies, plays, enjoying art books or just observing the world around me.

Danish, English, Kurdish, Arabic, Persian, Turkish and to a lesser extent German.