Born 1939, Mosul, Iraq.
Regarded as one of the most important Arab Op artists of his generation, Hashim Samarchi began his studies at the Institute of Fine Arts, Baghdad, graduating in 1957. Going on to teach, he returned to pursue a master’s degree, graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts, Baghdad in 1966. In 1967, the artist was awarded a scholarship by the Gulbenkian Foudation to study graphic art in Lisbon.
By 1969, Samarchi, along with his contemporaries Dia Azzawi, Rafa Nasiri, Mohammad Muhriddin, Ismail Fattah and Saleh al Jumaie had formed the New Vision group (al-Ru’yya al-Jadidah.) United by shared ideological beliefs rather than stylistic characteristics. They famously signed a manifesto declaring the need for ‘new and daring ideas based on modern artistic cultural values.’
A prominent member of the Iraqi Artists Society, the artist’s work was exhibited internationally from a very early stage in his career, including at the International Book Art Festival in Leipzig in 1965, Intergrafik in Berlin in 1968 and the first Liege Biennale in 1969.
As well as many prestigious private collections, Samarchi’s works are included in the National Museum of Iraq, Baghdad; Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha and the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon.