Dilshad Kwestani

I am standing between Ahriman and Ahura Mazda, says Kurdish artist

SULAYMANIYAH — Kurdish Artist Dilshad Kwestani, renowned for his painting and acting, has recently expanded his creative pursuits into music. At an art exhibition in Sulaymaniyah, Kwestani shared his artistic journey with 964media.

“As I’ve said many times before, do whatever you can be successful at. Do whatever you take pleasure in. I derive joy from art and even the simplest aspects of life. This joy fuels me; it revives me,” he said.

Kwestani’s artwork often highlights the importance of the sun and light. “I focus on the sun, on light. I concentrate on the struggle between light and darkness. I am standing between Ahriman and Ahura Mazda,” he explained.

Ahriman, in Zoroastrianism, represents the ultimate evil spirit, while Ahura Mazda embodies wisdom and benevolence.

“I envision a day when Ahriman’s shadow is lifted, and Kurdistan becomes a haven of light, filled with peace, freedom, and love among its people. I dream of Kurds becoming a powerful source, spreading energy to the world,” he said.

Born in 1957 in Kirkuk, Kwestani’s family relocated to Sulaymaniyah in 1961 after his father lost his job at an oil company due to his Kurdish identity.

Kwestani joined the Peshmerga in 1980 and served until 1985. He left Kurdistan in 1994 and settled in France.

He has held over 70 solo exhibitions and participated in nearly 30 joint exhibitions in more than 19 countries worldwide, including Greece, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Oman, the UK, Tunisia, Morocco, Japan, Korea, Turkey, Egypt, Germany, and the United States.

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