Born in Baghdad, Iraq, Ayad Fadel demonstrated artistic talent early in life, pursuing painting as means to express the small truths of life and the deeper aspects of the human experience. His uncle was an artist of considerable renown and with his encouragement, Ayad Fadel pursued his studies in the Academy of Fine Arts in Baghdad. Fadel was driven to make the artistic process a true engagement with others, and continuously sought public spaces to paint portraits as well as express the life of his community through his paintings. Recognizing the challenges faced by artists to make a living pursuing their true love, Fadel also studied and completed his diploma of Science degree in Electrical Engineering . The war in Iraq, however, disrupted this life and the economy for many, making existence and artistic expression near impossible. As was the case for many Iraqis, Fadel and his immediate family eventually left Iraq in 2004 as refugees, but their dreams and hopes for an independent and democratic country remain firmly intact. The hope of contributing towards a new future for Iraq and all peoples of the world continues to be the motivation for his work.
Fadel has also furthered his artistic and professional education in the United States. He has continued his studies at Houston Community College as well as the Glassell School of Art in Houston.
Ayad Fadel’s work, both abstract and figurative, uncovers the essence of the subject of his paintings. His artistic expression, using color and movement, emotively depicts the pain and hopes of his native country. Incorporating culturally relevant design and symbols, as well as artistic aspirations of what the future could be, his work reveals the hopes and dreams held by much of humanity. Fadel says, “My native country is riddled with beauty and danger. These two extremes impact the soul very deeply. No one chooses openly to leave their homeland, but when life has been completely disrupted, one must leave with the hopes of creating a better future from afar.” Fadel says further of his work, “It is, therefore, natural that my art should convey my hopes and dreams for the best of the human experience for all people. My belief in the best of humanity has remained steadfast. I know there are kindred spirits who support my work and who, like me, have a vision for peace. I continue in my efforts to develop myself as an artist that I may communicate and connect with my audience.”