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); Works, Galerie Loehrl, Monchengladbach, Germany (2017); and Where Pain Becomes Beauty, Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, Florence, (2015); while group shows include A Cool Breeze, at Rudolfinum Gallery, Prague (2019); Panic in Saksen Park. Hof Ter Saksen, Beveren, Belgium (2019); Lijf & BeeldArt Center Ten Bogaerde, Koksijde, Belgium (2019); Nonsequitur, at Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Berlin (2019); Workflow, CC Sint Niklaas, Belgium (2018); Art Brussels, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, Brussels (2018); Het Gouden Paviljoen, The Golden Pavillion, De Warande, Turnhout, Belgium (2018); and Antwerp is Happening, Galerie S&S, Antwerp, Belgium (2018). This summer 2019 Jaber will be Artist in residence for the 6th Lubumbashi Biennial, Congo. 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. Jabe's work is in the collections of UN art collection, FAO Headquarters, Rome (IT); Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah (UAE); Royal Conservatory, Den Haag (NL); National Museum of Fina Arts (Cuba) and The Palestinian Museum (Palestine).