Welat Najeeb is an artist who works with a variety of materials including clay, wood, and metals. His early years were spent in the Kurdish region of Iraq, his home. He studied ceramics at the Institute of Fine art in Duhok, as well as at Salahaddin University where he started to explore abstraction. His Master’s studies brought him to San Francisco and Academy of Art University. There, he began reconstructing natural forms to show a contrast between the organic and geometric. His aim is to engage audiences using the sculpted object as a tool for triggering the imagination.


“I want to show the viewer how I see and to explore what happens as the viewer approaches the work. Clearly, we are all a part of nature, but I am interested in how we look at it differently and see different forms.”—Welat Najeeb