Born 1971, Baghdad, Iraq , Delair Shaker studied ceramics at the Institute of Fine Arts, Baghdad, receiving his diploma in 1990. The son of prominent Iraqi ceramicist Saad Shaker, Delair Shaker was exposed to the arts from a young age. He left Baghdad during the 1990s to live in Amman, where he taught art and later became head of the art department at the Ahliyyah School for Girls. In 2005, he moved to Phoenix, Arizona.
His solo exhibitions include The Journey, Private Hall, Amman, 2006; Traces of Time, Karim Gallery, Amman, 2008; Tales of Flames, Olney Room Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona, 2010; Sand Trails, Paul Scott Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona, 2011; Home: A Virtual Reality, Karim Gallery, Amman, 2012; and New Home Structures, Paul Scott Gallery, Scottsdale, 2014.
He has participated in many Iraqi and international group exhibitions including the Al-Wasiti Festival, Baghdad, 1992, where he won an award for his work; Homage to Shakir Hassan and Ismail Fattah, Athar Gallery, Baghdad, 2005; Dialogue of Generations, Orfali Gallery, Amman, 2005; From Baghdad to New York: Part II of the Iraqi Phoenix Group, Pomegranate Gallery, New York, 2006; INNternationale House in Newark,Delaware, 2007; Cab Calloway of the Arts , Museum Gallery, Wilmington, Delaware , 2007; International Cultural Arts Network (ICAN ) , Delaware, 2007; Modernism and Iraq, Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York, 2009, A Chair and a Painting, Al Bareh Gallery, Bahrain, 2010; Art Santa Fe,an international Contemporary Art Fair, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2010, The Contemporary Forum of Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, 2010; Art in Iraq Today, Meem Gallery, Dubai, 2011, and Art in Iraq Today, Beirut Exhibition Center, Beirut, 2011.
Delair lives and works in Phoenix, Arizona.
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