My name is Yousif Aziz, I was born in March, 25, 1987, in Kirkuk, Iraq. Now, I live in Antwerpen, Belgium.
My story with Art has began when I was only three years old when I started to hold the crayons to draw and color on papers. Since that moment, I discovered that drawing was my inside talent.
As the years of my primary school studies passed, my talent evolved spectacularly; thus, I decided to make art a part of my life. Then I took my decision to enroll at the Fine Arts Institute in 2004 to study visual arts academically.
During the five years I spent studying at the institute, I encountered an opportunity for a new experience in the field of graphic design; that was in 2007 when I began to practice design and work on design programs I learned in my new job for an Iraqi newspaper called (Iraq Al-Ghad).
My job in Media and press was my window to know more about Photography, so I started my experience in photography in 2009 with a small workshop to know the basics of photography.
Then, I found myself fond of Photography، because I saw it as the best and easiest way to express art and opinions. After that, my passion for photography increased, and some of my friends and I created a new photography group, and started to share our information on photography with each other, and started to go on trips to some Iraqi cities to shoot for themes on life and nature. Through those experiences, I got many ideas about photography.
Belgium and new life, The bad security and political conditions as well as ethnic conflicts in Iraq and life-threatening situations were the main reasons for my emigration, I was forced to leave my country to a safer place in the world, to somewhere that respects human rights and appreciates art. In 2012, I arrived to where I live now.
Despite the fact that I had many achievements in many art galleries and having got many awards (drawing, design, and photography) in the past years, I still consider myself on the starting line. I have many dreams and secrets inside, and much more to present, because art is just like a galaxy that contains lots of colors, planets, and many new surprises and discoveries. Of course, all this passion for art is to offer something better for humanity and spreading the culture of love, charity, and respecting the human’s entity, besides an appreciation to nature and maintaining the Earth.
Art is the perfect and most beautiful way for dialogue and progress, and that is what I could see throughout the entire humane history.
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