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Hayv Kahraman (artist)



Hayv Kahraman is a contemporary painter based in Los Angeles, CA. Kahraman was born in 1981 in Baghdad, Iraq and moved with her family to Sweden after the Persian Gulf War. Kahraman started painting at a young age. After finishing university in Sweden, she studied art and design in Italy and moved to the United States in 2006. Kahraman’s artwork reflects her gender, identity, and cultural experiences.

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Hayv Kahraman (born 1981) is an Iraqi-American artist of Kurdish descent, who was born in Baghdad and fled to Sweden with family during the Gulf War, studied in Florence, and is currently based in Los Angeles. She primarily paints, but also sculpts and sketches. Her works reflect the controversial issues of gender, specifically concerning female identity in relation to her experiences as a refugee, and all issues that plague her home country. She explores the victimization of women within their own culture, and the effects of their subjugation which causes them the most suffering in the midst of war. She paints on linen panels and depicts dark haired, pale skinned women and decorates her work with Islamic geometric patterns. Her influences range from Persian, Japanese and Italian Renaissance paintings. Her works juxtapose traditional Eastern and Western beauty standards.She was born in Iraq in 1981 to a Kurdish mother from Slemani. Her family fled to Sweden in the aftermath of the Persian Gulf War (1990-1991). Hayv lives and works in California, United States.