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Baha Omary Kikhia is a female Syrian artist who trained in Fine Arts at the Universities of Baghdad and Damascus in the 1960s. She moved to live between New York and Paris in 1969, where her paintings took off.
Before long, her work was distinguished for its vivacious and sensual aura, and was recognized across galleries in Paris, London and Brussels. This trademark energy and use of bright colors still feature in much of her recent work. Even her depiction of old cities, landscapes and Bedouin gatherings evoke the presence of 'the feminine'.
Baha identifies as a mother and a vibrant social activist. She has appeared among global leaders internationally to fight for information regarding the disappearance of her husband, a former Foreign Minister, who she laid to rest at last, in 2005. Her more current works also evoke a sense of a nostalgia, and many of her ceramics feature her own poetry celebrating love, nature and life.
She's inspired by women; powerful and resilient, sensual and vivacious. She currently resides in Virginia where she owns a commercial space and continues to work out of her private, at-home studio.
Art by Baha is owned by Baha Omary Kikhia and managed by her daughter-in-law on her behalf. Her artwork is inspired by how she views women: their resilience and role as powerful creators and revolutionaries - whether they are aware of their power or not.