Gallery Artist: ahmad Shariff

About The Artist

In 2011, Ahmad returned home to the US after nearly three years serving in the Department of Defense in Iraq, with a major back injury.  After enduring over multiple surgeries, Ahmad has rekindled his love and passion for the arts through his paintings.  His international travels and upbringing in Beirut, Lebanon during its’ own bloody civil war has exposed Ahmad to unimaginable suffering, devastation and loss.  Yet through all these experiences, Ahmad maintains an unbridled sense of hope and optimism for better days, largely evident in the expression of his work.  Ahmad’s painting reflect the human condition of a full range of emotion captured by acrylics and India ink, Prismacolors as well as watercolors on variety of mediums ranging from canvases, vellum, Bristol and vintage books.  The influence of his days at the prestigious Institute of Art in Lebanon where he studied Art and Interior Architecture remains strong and unmistakable.  Having spent over twenty years as a Graphics Artist in Los Angeles, California, Ahmad’s talent and distinctiveness transcends barriers and movement while inspiring thought, provocation and appreciation. Ahmad has been married to his beautiful wife Maha for 20 years and together they have four amazing children; Jade, Daria, Danielle, Omar and five crazy Shih tzus; Bolt, Selena, Luke, Lou and Jetta.

artist statement

I am constantly inspired by my surroundings, my family, my local and global communities. My experiences, from a range of utter devastation, pain, suffering, to joy, peace and content, supply an insatiable stimuli of creativity and imagination.  An abundance of emotion, is yet to be depleted. It's a privilege to be able to live one'a passion and a distinct honor to share with others and transform my thoughts to visual imagery and reality. I'm incredibly blessed to be surrounded by such love and support. It keeps me going and fulfilled. As an artist, I can only aspire to translate such touchpoints to canvas and ignite my audience and patrons to escape, journey and fantasy. To dream a better world, for an artist and capture such a place, is the ultimate experience; a place of hope.