Baha Omary Kikhia was born and raised in Damascus, Syria, and studied Fine Arts at the University of Damascus and the University of Baghdad. She was the student of renowned artists Fatih Al Muddaress and Faiq Hassan.
Early in her career, Baha moved to New York City, where she exhibited in private galleries and at the United Nations. Her work has also been exhibited globally, including in London, Paris, Washington D.C, Brussels, and Dubai.
Baha’s continuous, bold lines embody the fluid dance of joy and pain. Her depiction of ancient cities, landscapes, and social gatherings is distinguished by its sensuous aura, vibrant colors, and the commanding presence of the feminine. Baha often pays homage to the great cities of the Middle East and North Africa, particularly Damascus, Baghdad, and Jerusalem, each having a profound impact on her childhood and identity.
As I evolve and mature through my life,
I always find myself returning to my own
essence, as a human – a woman, a mother.
For me, my world – this Dunia
cannot be separated from my feminine identity.
My paintings are a translation of the
spectrum of my feelings – the good,
as well as those which are more difficult to bear.
With every dot or stroke, I express my hope in the renewal of life
and of the necessary struggle that each day brings.
- Baha Omary Kikhia