Dania Al-Obaidi is an artist living and teaching art in Mississauga, Ontario. Born and raised in Iraq, her work is heavily influenced by the richness and beauty of both old and new world flare.
She studied Fine Arts at Baghdad University and has continued further training in Canada at Humber and Sheridan College alongside extensive exhibitions in Canada and the Middle East.
Her most favourable passion is abstract painting. She uses intense combination of materials and colours in her work. Dania Al-Obaidi believes that an artists work should come within a person through a lifetime of acquired skills and the wonders of experiences. Only then can an art speak for itself.
She prefers using the properties of encaustic painting as the choice of expression on wood and different mediums. She flirts with mixed media on canvas, wood, and handmade paper from time to time.
Her goal is to make an emotional and inspirational connection with her work.
A professional with over ten years of experience in the many faces of the art world. Making art has been my way of communicating my delights and irritants in life. My self-portraits have addressed all these sources of delights and irritants. If work stemming from my experience of pleasure and pain rings a chord of recognition in the viewer then I feel I’ve done my job as an artist. I’ve touched the on-looker and communicated something of myself.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
Encaustic Workshops 2012- 2015
Karma Creative Studio, Toronto, Canada
Encaustic Workshops 2015
Zain Hall Gallery, Amman, Jordan
Art Teacher (Kids / Teenagers / Adults) 2011- 2014
Dumuzi Art Center, Mississauga, Canada
Art Teacher / Owner 2007- Present
The Big Dream Art School, Mississauga, Canada
Art Teacher 2002- 2005
Elf Baa Taa Private Art School, Mississauga, Canada
Art Teacher 1996-1998
Montessori School, Amman, Jordan
International Encaustic Artists (IEA) 2013- Present
University of Bagdad; Bachelor of Fine Arts 1990- 1994
Humber Collage Ontario, Canada 2000
Sheridan College Oakville, Canada 2008
Fluent in English and Arabic