Peace be with you! My name is Thaer. I am an artist and human rights activist and also a Palestinian born in Baghdad, Iraq. Palestinians are an ethnic minority in Iraq. We have lived there for more than sixty years, but have neither citizenship nor freedom. Since 2003, we have been targeted by various militias and have suffered kidnapping, torture, imprisonment and assassination.
I myself am a torture survivor. In 2005, I helped lead a number of threatened Palestinian families out of Iraq and lived with them in a refugee camp in Syria. I created many paintings in the camp, painting on black velvet because canvas was not available. However, in 2007, because of my work on behalf of refugees and my relationship with an American peace activist (who is now my wife), Syrian secret police imprisoned and tortured me and deported me back to Iraq. I fled again, and finally arrived in the U.S. to begin a new life in April 2008.
I hope you enjoy this website and the paintings displayed here.
Life does not stop, and it is still beautiful.