Athar Jaber was born from Iraqi parents in Rome, in 1982. He grew up between Rome, Florence, The Netherlands and Antwerp. Moving around several countries and cities helped reinforce a sense of belonging that went beyond geographical borders. This notion acted as the framework to his artistic practice, in a desire to outline a common human experience across cultures and time. Having been brought up with images of the Gulf War, themes such as suffering and violence became inevitable. Meanwhile, growing up in Florence allowed him to develop an understanding of classical sculpture and its quest for ideal beauty. Athar Jaber seeks to explore the contrasting condition of violence and beauty that have played a significant role in his development as an artist.
Recent solo exhibitions include Offerings, National Museum of Fine Arts, La Habana, Cuba, (2018) and Where Pain Becomes Beauty, Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, Florence, (2015); while group shows include 100 Masterpieces of Modern and Contemporary Arab Art, Institute du Monde Arabe, Paris, France, (2017); Jerusalem Lives, The Palestinian Museum, Birzeit, West Bank, (2017) and The Curated Space, Mall Galleries, London, (2016). After his duo-exhibition with artist Juliette Mahieux Bartoli, Nonsequitur, at Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Berlin (2019), he will be part of the upcomming group exhibition A Cool Breeze at Rudolfinum in Prague (2019).
He currently lives and practices his profession as an artist and PhD Associate and Professor of sculpture at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium.