Athar Jaber was born from Iraqi parents in Rome, in 1982. He grew up between Rome, Florence, the Netherlands and Antwerp. Moving around a number of countries and cities helped reinforce a sense of belonging that went beyond geographical borders. This notion acted as the framework to his sculptures, in a desire to outline a common human experience across culture and time.
Having been brought up with images of the gulf war, themes such as suffering and violence became inevitable. Meanwhile, growing up in Florence allowed him to develop an understanding of classical sculpture and its quest for ideal beauty. Athar seeks to explore the contrasting conditions of violence and beauty that have played a significant role in his development as an artist.
Recent solo exhibitions include Where Pain Becomes Beauty, Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, Florence (2015) Works, Galerie Löhrl, Mönchengladbach (2016), while group shows include The Curated Space, Mall Galleries, London (2016), 100 Masterpieces of Modern and Contemporary Arab Art, Institute du Monde Arabe, Paris (2017).
He currently lives and practices his profession as a sculptor and professor of sculpture at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium.
This Surrounding Us All. Daemen, Merel, 5 March 2017Athar Jaber: A conversation with a sculptor about his work and curiosity for violenceRead more
The Culture Trip. Schaefer, Tatjana, 13 December 2015On Tracing Entropic Beauty: Contemporary Sculpture Meets Classical AntiqueRead more
Internazionale. Cornet, Catherine, 20 July 2015Athar Jaber, lo scultore che distrugge le sue opereRead more
Art Slant. Terziyska, Yoanna, 13 July 2015Athar Jaber’s Defaced Sculptures Speak to Violence, Entropy, and Human NatureRead more
Diplomatic World. Devos, Bruno, Vol.52, Spring 2017Global Art Forum: Athar Jaber
Majalla. Joud Halawani Al-Tamimi, 12 April 2017Athar Jaber: Reconciling Beauty and Destruction Through Sculpture
Khaleej Times. Jalal, Maan, 25 March 2017Sculpting Identities: Athar Jaber Is Making Sense of Violence through Art
Contemporary Practices. Mohammed, Hussam Eddin. Vol. XVII, March–October 2016Sculpting the Bodies of Two Civilizations: Into the Deep Grots of Athar’s Mind and Soul
Canvas Magazine. Mohammed, Hussam Eddin, July–August 2016Carving Out His Own Space
H-Art Magazine. Ruyters, Marc, 25 June 2015Geweldige Beeldhouwkunst
Expo 100%. Hilde Van Canneyt, July–August 2014De Menselijke Conditie in Marmer
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