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Simko Ahmed

Born in Kurdistan, Slemani city 

Japanese Citizen , Kurdish origin

Career: Master Degree at Project Managements/ Civil Engineering, Tokyo 

B. S in Civil Engineering Salahadin university Iraq 

Diploma of Japanese oriental Arts at MIFA Institute in Tokyo

Member of art groups:

Board member of: JAALA Art association in Tokyo (Japan afro Asia Latin America art group) in charge of Kurdish and Latin American arts for Tokyo JAALA biennale at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

Founder and chairman of Baran Art Association

Books by the artist :

1- Spring never dies 2010

2- Colors of paradise 2011

3- Baran Art 1 2012

4- Sparrows of paradise 2018

Contact: , facebook & Instagram : Simko Art

Work profile

Simko is a Japanese Citizen of Kurdish origin lives in Tokyo, working as an NGO member since his graduation from university. He had been working as a Civil Engineer/ site planner to support refugees in emergency conditions such as Kurdistan, Albania, Kosovo, West Africa, Sierra Leone, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Mainly he designs and implements the Engineering projects like infrastructures, building shelters, water and drain system for refugees, constructing schools, clinics, road and bridges and other infrastructures. He has been on Japanese and other international   main TV channels such as NHK Hard Talk programme of BS22, CNN, NHK main channel, Osaka, Nagoya, Hiroshima and Tokyo MX TV...etc , his art works and short stories has been published in Japanese top art magazines such as Art Graph, Asahi graph, Pia,Raku, Play boy,  Studio Ghibli ...etc , his art works has been also  used as a cover book for several Japanese and international novels  and leaflets 


2014-now Takenaka architect design and construction company .

*1996- 2010, Japanese NGO “Peace Winds Japan” at Tokyo head quarter (

• 1995- 1996 AVN (Asian volunteers net work)

• 1994 -1995 FHRA (Foundation for human rights in Asia, Japan)

• 1993-1994 French NGO (Equilibere)

• 1990 - 1993 KSRO (Kurdistan shelter reconstruction organization)


Solo and group exhibitions

Year 2023

Jaala Biennale 23 , Japan, Asia, Africa and Latin America International exhibition at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

Year 2021


Florence art Biennale at Fortezza Da Basso Italy

London art Biennale at Chelsea Town hall , United Kingdom 

Yokohama Biennale "JAALA 2021"  at Yokohama Civic Art Gallery, Japan

Year 2018

JAALA (Japan Africa, Asia and Latin America art association) Beinalle in Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

Year 2017
Jaala (Japan Africa, Asia and Latin America art association) Beinalle in Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

. 14 Solo art show in London NSH art gallery (Spring never dies)

Year 2016
. Jaala (Japan Africa, Asia and Latin America art association) Beinalle in the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
. Parallax art fair in London, Chelsea Town Hall.

. Summer collection exhibition at RA London 

Year 2015
Group show in Nagoya city , Japan

Year 2014
Jaala (Japan Africa, Asia and Latin America art association) Beinalle in Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

Year 2012
Jaala (Japan Africa, Asia and Latin America art association) Beinalle inTokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
Art we Love, international art show in USA , New Yourk

Year 2011
Runaki Art Festival in London

Year 2010

17th JAALA International art show in Kawaski Museum in Japan

Art show with Ismail Khayat, Rebwar Saeed at Rukani Art Festival in London

8th Gwangju Biennale in South Korea

Year 2009

Solo art Show at American village Gallery in Tokyo

Year 2008

Jaala Biennale (Japan, Asia, Africa and Latin America) art association in Tokyo Metropolitan Museum

Year 2006

Jaala Biennale inTokyo Metropolitan Museum

Year 2005

Solo art show in Genkan Gallery at PWJ in Tokyo

Year 2004

Jaala Biennale in Tokyo Metropolitan Museum

Year 2002

* International art show in Seoul, South Korea “21 century and Asia” in Kangfamoon Gallery

* Group art show “ Echoes of our land” with two other Kurdish artists Sarchel Shawky and Hiwa Doman, Canada, Toronto (steeles&Hwy400), this show was arranged by artist Dara Aram.

*International art show of (ARUEM) that means “beautiful” In Kyoto city museum with 150 artists mostly from Asian countries audiences of the show were 13000people.

*International art show of JAALA2002 (Japan, Afro Asia, Latin America artists association) exchange art show in Tokyo’s most famous museum, Tokyo Metropolitan

*Slide show on the destroyed wall in Kabul/ Afghanistan

*6th Solo art show at Tokyo Nishi Shinjuku Sompo museum, the museum where “sun flower” or Vincent van Gogh is displayed.

*6 solo art show (WakuWaku show) in Matsuyama city in Japan.

Year 2001

• 5th solo art show in a refugees camp in Sierra Leone, West Africa in Bandajuma refugees camp in Bo area. The title of the show was (colorful dreams of dark kids)

• Group art show at the Tokyo NGO festival

• (Piece for Peace) International art show in Marki Museum in Saitama/ Japan

'  Yokohama Triennale , Japan

• Year 2000

• Participating in International exhibition of Kwanjgu Biennial in South Korea, the audiences of this show was estimated to be around 1.5 million people.

JAALA 2000 (Japan Africa, Asia, and Latin America artists group) at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum.

International exhibition in Canada Magnolia Manor Gallery / Chilliwack

• Year 1999

• JAALA+Korea (Japan, Afro Asia Latin America association) In Seoul / South Korea Metropolitan Museum.

• Year 1998

• Participated in the group exhibition with (10 colors group) with other 9 Japanese artists in Nagoya City in Japan's Myokoen Gallery.

Slide exhibition in Tokyo, Kyoto, Kobe, Hamamtsu, Nagoya, Osaka, Hiroshima, Nagasaki,  and some other cities around  Japan. Participated in 15 Kurdish artists exhibition at the Stripe house museum in Tokyo

• Year 1997

• He opened  his 4th solo exhibition at Dowa Kasai gallery in Tokyo.

He has on-line exhibition on Washington Kurdish Institute home page and Kurdish Media in UK

Main on-line art show of (Sad Land) on several Japanese famous fine art web sites 

• Year 1996

• Participated in Jaala Biennale  at Tokyo Metropolitan art museum  

(Japan. Asia, Africa, Latin America association) exhibition in Metropolitan museum in Tokyo.

He opened his exhibition with 3 caricature artists on the Sulaimaniyah free wall two times; the audiences of this exhibition were over 40,000 people

• Year 1995

• With two artists (Omar Darwesh and Ari Baban) he opened his exhibition with cooperation of an NGO,  AVN (Asian Volunteers network). In Rabarin Hall in Sulaimania.

He participated in the group exhibition in May festival in city of Suleimania in Kurdistan.

He opened 3rd solo exhibition in the Fine Art Hall in Duhok by Cooperation with FHRA (Foundation for Human rights in Asia, Japan).

He opened caricatures exhibition in Swrkew Gallery in Sulaimaniyah. 

He was the first Kurdish artist to have online URL home page, 

• Year 1994

• He opened  a 2nd solo exhibition in Swrkew Gallery in Sulaimaniyah.

Group show in Holland.

He participated in 1st May festival (Art and caricature exhibition) in Swrkew art gallery in Sulaimaniyah.

• Year 1993

• He opened his first solo exhibition in Sulaimaniyah Republic hall.

Participated at Sallahadin University day festival. Caricature shows.

TV Interviews• NHK Japan main channel

• NHK Japan satellite BS

• TBS Japan

• Osaka TV station in Japan

. Voice of America 

• PUK TV/ Kurdistan

• Kurdistan satellite TV/ Kurdistan

• Communist TV/ Azadi TV Kurdistan

• Socialist TV/ Kurdistan

• Khak TV

• Metropolitan TV/ Japan

• MX Tokyo/Japan

• Volunteer 21 / Osaka TV Japan

• Kurdsat TV satellite

• Medya TV

• Azadi TV/ Kurdistan 

• SBS/ Seoul broadcast system Korea

• Nihon Terebi/ Japan

• Zagros TV

• Korean TV KB
. KNN Kurdish TV
. NRT Kurdish TV
. Zagros Kurdish TV
. KTV Kurdish
. GKTV Kurdish

. Ster TV Brussels

. Kurdistan 24, Iraq

. Kurdsat magazine, Iraq

Newspapers and magazines publications

• Asahi Shinmun/ Japan

• Asahi News evening/ English Japan

• Umiri Shimbun/ Japan

• Art graph/ art magazine in Japan

• Tokyo Rose, printed matter / Tokyo

• Raku/ Japan

• Cross and Talk/ Japan

• Playboy / Japan

• Japan Pia / Japanese which has over 4 millions readers.

• Asahi graph/Japanese magazine

• G20 / Japan

• Kurdiatani new/ Kurdish

• Brayati/ Kurdish

• Regai Kurdistan/ Kurdish

• New life / from London

• Hana/ Sweden

• Jilemo/ German

• Shabang/ Kurdistan

• Korean News paper/ Korea

• Ozgar Politika/ Germany

• Hiwa/ Germany

• Serdam/ Kurdistan

• Canada Time/ Canada

• Kurdistan spot/ Netherlands

• Jaica Magazine/ Japan

• Sardam/ Kurdistan �• Sanke shimbun/ Japan

• Kyodo shimbun/ Japan

• Kurdistan post/ Sweden

• Kurdish media in UK
. Middle East , Alsharq al Awsat (London )



• JALLA 2000 poet of Spring Never Dies

• Novel of (Tear of a village), on going expected to be finished in 2020• Novel of (When the moon is crying), just started.

• (Two) the book of poems and pictures by Maw (American writer) Simko (Kurdish painter)

• Some other poets in different magazines and web sites.

• Short stories of (Sad Lands).
. Art book of (spring never dies ) 2010
. Art book of ( Colors of paradise ) 2010

.poetry and paintings book of (Sparrows of paradise) 2018
. Baran art book 2012

Main site:
Face book and Instagram: Simko Art

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