Starting in the 1970’s, Al-Rawi was a political cartoonist in Baghdad, Iraq where he received his BS degree in Education and Psychology. He immigrated to the United States in 1980. Al-Rawi worked as a graphic artist for many companies for over fifteen years. Today he teaches painting at CPCC and he also tough art in public schools and other institutions.
Al-Rawi exhibited his paintings locally IN Charlotte, NC at The McColl Center for the Visual Arts, Greenhill Art in Greensboro, Center of the Earth Gallery, and The Museum of the New South. He was selected to paint a public mural for the Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
Nationally exhibited at The Art Council of Greenwood, SC, New Vision Gallery Marshfield, WI, Ward-Nasse Gallery, New York, and Atlanta, GA. Internationally he exhibited in group shows in London, Cairo- Egypt, Skopje-Macedonia, Baghdad-Iraq, and Amman-Jordan.
Project for "The Journey"
This painting is my interpretation of the term, “American Pie,” expressing my feelings that there are many types of “pies” in America; including culture that we immigrants bring with us.
I am an immigrant from Baghdad-Iraq. When the war between Iran and Iraq broke out in 1980, I could not go back to Iraq for many years. I'm so thankful for my opportunities to thrive here and to also give my gifts to this country.