About

Moataz was born in Baghdad in 1986. He moved to Belgium in 2009 and is based in Antwerp. He studied painting at the royal academy of fine arts in Antwerp . Throughout his education years, Moataz painted in various styles and techniques. Going gradually from figurative to abstract was a defining moment in the development of his style.
Moataz focuses on the physical and conceptual aspect of the painting.

“My paintings are in constant dialogue with the history of painting from the  past til the present. Liberating the painting from the wooden frame gives the canvas a bigger role in the visual hierarchy of the painting. The works are inspired by the memory of my upbringing from the past years in my homeland Iraq, which includes very political and historical references that shaped my life. I try to create a connection between the viewer and the subject matter, through my work by putting them in a direct confrontation with the elements of the painting undisguised. Exposed and clear, organic and changeable sometimes perishable like any living being”.

 

 

Education

 

 

Master Visual Arts 2020-2021

   Specialisation Fine Arts. Painting, Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp

 

Bachelor Visual Arts 2017-2020 

Specialisation Fine Arts. Painting, Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp

 

Visual Art 2008 

Painting. 

College of art | Baghdad University 

 

 

 

Exhibitions 

 

To Be Antwerp

26/11 – 28/11

Solo exhibition at Gallery Geukens en De Vil Leopoldplaats 12 Antwerpen 

FAAR

29/10/2021

Group expo./open studio in Hertstraat Deurne, Antwerp

Terrain Vague 

04/09/2021

Group expo. At Plein magazijn Antwerp 

groupexhibi

Encore 

01/07/2021

 Master expo. Huidevettersstraat 39, 2000 Antwerpen

group exhibition curated by Spank Moons 

Master Expo 2021

24/06/2021  

27/06/2021 Lange Zaal, Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp 

PICTU>RE>IMAGE

05/2021 

 Group exhibition curated by Spank Moons 

Wintertuin Royal academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. 

IN OUR FACE 

10/2020 

Artists initiative. 

11/2020 Bar Leon, a series of exhibitions around the city of Antwerp. 

Solo Exhibition Moataz Alqaissy 

02/2020 

04/2020 Casa Del Popolo in Leuven

 

Tangier group exhibition 

03/2020 

participation in a book group edition number 2 at Tick Tack Gallery Antwerpen 

 10×1

 12/2019

 group exhibition at the Royal academy of fine arts Antwerp 

 

 

 

Prizes and grants 

 

 Marianne van Vyve prize 2021

Royal academy of fine arts Antwerp