"Creating art is a method of meditating and disconnecting, with art I learn more about myself, I learn about the power of art and the language of art that communicates to all, Creating art is my life and it influences everything about who I am, my thoughts and feelings."
Khalid Alkaaby was born and raised in Baghdad, Iraq in 1979. He worked as an artist and ran a successful art studio. In September 2005 Baghdad underwent immense bombings. The 14th of September was the deadliest day of the insurgency. The city of Baghdad suffered significant damage and a series of terrorist attacks through the city.
Khalid was forced to leave his beloved family, friends and studio gallery where he had created his works of art. He then immigrated to the United States and set out to begin a new life in San Diego, California where he now lives and works as a professional artist.
Here in the United States Khalid experienced a sense of openness and expression, in stark contrast to his experience in Iraq, and it's what inspires much of his work. Artistically posed nude figures and dancers are celebrations of self-expression and liberty; free in her surroundings, she displays total empowerment and self-awareness, without restraints or restrictions. Alkaaby's paintings are imbued with hope, love and passions of life, punctuated with boldness of color and rhythmic tones which entice mood and impact the senses.