"It's a privilege to be able to live one's passion and distinct honor to share with others and transform my thoughts into visual imagery and reality. I'm incredibly blessed to be surrounded by art."
In 2011, Ahmad Shariff returned home to the US after nearly three years serving in the Department of Defense in Iraq, with a major back injury. After enduring multiple surgeries, Ahmad has rekindled his love and passion for the arts through his painting. His international travels and upbringing in Beirut, Lebanon during its’ own bloody civil war has exposed Ahmad to unimaginable suffering, devastation and loss. Yet through all these experiences, Ahmad maintains an unbridled sense of hope and optimism for better days, largely evident in the expression of his work.
Ahmad’s paintings reflect the human condition in a full range of emotion captured by acrylics and India ink, oil as well as watercolors on a variety of surfaces ranging from canvases, wood panels, watercolor paper and vintage book pages. The influence of his days at the prestigious Institute of Art in Lebanon where he studied Art and Interior Architecture remains strong and unmistakable. Having spent over twenty years as a Graphic Artist in Los Angeles, California, Ahmad’s talent and distinctiveness transcend barriers and movements while inspiring thought, provocation and appreciation.
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist