Born in Baghdad in 1968, Serwan Baran is a Beirut-based Iraqi painter and sculptor who received a bachelor’s degree of Fine Arts from the University of Babylon in Hillah, Iraq. His work was shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Iraq. He was awarded a youth prize in Baghdad in 1990, and the first and second prizes of the Baghdad International Festival of Plastic Arts in 1994 and 1995, respectively. In 2001 he participated in the Ayloul Summer Academy, a residency program led by artist Marwan Kassab-Bachi at Darat al-Funun in Amman, Jordan. During the American invasion of Iraq in 2003, Baran moved to Amman and settled there until 2013 when he moved to Beirut and has been living and working there since then. He represented Iraq at the 58th International Venice Biennale in 2019 with the solo exhibition, Fatherland, curated by Tamara Chalabi and Paolo Colombo in the same year he participated in the Cairo Biennale in its 13th Edition (Eyes East Bound). Early in 2020 he held his first solo Exhibition in Cairo “Indelible Memory” at Gallery Misr, Egypt.
Some of Serwan’s selected solo shows include A Harsh Beauty at Saleh Barakat Gallery (2020); Canines at Agial Art Gallery, Beirut (2018); Living on the Edge at Nabad Art Gallery, Amman (2013); Elected at Matisse Art Gallery, Marrakech (2013); and Whispers at Orfali Art Gallery, Amman (2012) among others in Amman, Damascus, Tokyo and the Dominican Republic. He has participated in group exhibitions at Saleh Barakat Gallery, Beirut (2018); The Mojo Gallery, Dubai (2015); Al-Markhiyya Gallery, Doha (2013). His work was featured in the Cairo Biennale, Cairo (1999, ); Al-Kharafi Biennial, Kuwait (2011) and the fourth Marrakech Biennale, Marakech (2012). Baran is a member of several artist associations in Iraq including the International Association of Art, the Iraqi Fine Artists Association and the International Network for Contemporary Iraqi Artists. Serwan Baran’s artworks has been acquired by many national and international collectors and foundations.