Souadad Al-Sigab Kandemir was born in Baghdad, 1968. She completed her education at primary, secondary and high schools in Baghdad, Paris, Havana, Vienne and Tunisia. She moved to Istanbul in 1985 and graduated in 1992 from the Traditional Turkish Arts, Tiles and Carpets Department of Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University which she started in 1986. She has opened a great number of exhibitions in the country and abroad so far. She made her one of the most outstanding breakouts of her career late in 2008 by breaking new ground in the world. Her jewelry collection of ”Words and Domes’ was influenced by Turkish and Islamic art, which has brought a huge success at the Dubai Burj Al Arab Hotel Quintessentially event jewelry show. In 2010, at an event held by the Bahrain Royal Family, Souadad Al-Sigab Kandemir was awarded in two different categories in both of her jewelry designs at The Premier Middle East Jewelry & Pens Awards Competition, Bahrain.
The focus at her work includes different designs as well as oil paintings on canvas, jewels, carpets and tiles in which she blends the culture and understandings of her homeland in the center of Mesopotamia where the foundations of the civilization were laid, with the history of beautiful Turkey where she studied and lived is to interpret the traditional art in a contemporary manner. A substantial part of her outstanding collection consisting of oil paintings and designs belongs to the royal families in the Gulf countries, as well as Christies and Harrods abroad. Souadad Al-Sigab Kandemir is a professional artist member of the International Plastic Arts Association, Official partner of UNESCO. In 2013, she has completed her Master’s degree thesis on “Chinese Thuribles” in the Graduate Program of Traditional Turkish Arts, Restoration of Old Tiles at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. In 2019, she has completed her Doctorate in the department of Tile & Ceramic at the same university. Souadad Kandemir is currently living and pursuing her projects in Toronto, Canada.

Education

2014-2019
Doctoral Degree (PhD)- Restoration of Old Tiles, Department of Traditional Turkish Arts in the faculty of the fine art of Mimar Sinan University.
2011-2013
Master Degree (MA)- Restoration of Old Tiles, Department of Traditional Turkish Arts in the faculty of the fine art of Mimar Sinan University.
1986-1992
Undergraduate in Carpets and Tiles design, Department of Traditional Turkish Arts in the faculty of the fine art of Mimar Sinan University.
1988 LCC Institute of Fashion and Design
2007 Informatics Sector Photoshop program
2008 Informatics Sector Freehand program

Solo Exhibition

2007 Dolmabahçe Palace ‘’ Dome” exhibition
2008 Toprak Art Gallery Princess Hotel Bodrum, Exhibition of ‘’Flyaway Letters” 2010 Sofa Art Hamak Hotel /Bodrum, Oil painting and jewelry exhibition of ‘’Touching’’
2011 Istanbul Forum, Kufic style-written work named “Allah and Muhammed” at Magic Ice which is the one and only ice museum of the world.
2012 Istanbul Military Museum, oil painting exhibition of “Heritage”.
2012 Istanbul Ministry of Culture Galata Mawlavi House Museum, oil painting exhibition of “Rumi”
2013 Antalya Orkun Ozan Art Gallery, oil painting exhibition of “Heritage 2” 2011 Istanbul Forum, Kufic style-written
work named “Allah and Muhammed” at Magic Ice which is the one and only ice museum of the world.
2012 Istanbul Military Museum, oil painting exhibition of “Heritage”.
2012 Istanbul Ministry of Culture Galata Mawlavi House Museum, oil painting exhibition of “Rumi”
2013 Antalya Orkun Ozan Art Gallery, oil painting exhibition of “Heritage 2”
2015 “Cornucopia”, Art Expo New York Artisan Direct, ISIS Sculpture and Design Gallery, New York.
2015 “Cornucopia 2” ISIS Sculpture and Design, Bodrum, Turkey
2015 “Dancing Horses”, “From Caravaggio to Modern Days” curated by Paolo Levi, Piazza Del Popolo, Rome, Italy.

Group Exhibitions

2002 Caddebostan Culture and Art Center Merkezi Group Exhibition
2006 İbrahim Paşa Palace Turkish Islamic Arts Museum, exhibition of ‘’Indulgence’’ 2006 Dubai Domotex Carpet Fair, Turquoise Carpet by Souadad Kandemir 2007 I.B.B. Taksim Art Gallery, exhibition of “Orientation to Love” (special exhibition for 2007 was internationally declared to be the Year of Rumi by UNESCO)
2007 Shanghai Domotex Carpet Fair, Turquoise Carpet by Souadad Kandemir
2007-2008 Hannover Domotex Carpet Fair, Turquoise Carpet by Souadad Kandemir
2007-2008-2009 Juryman at İTKİB Carpet Competition
2008 Lütfi Kırdar Convention and Exhibition Center; Painting exhibition in the night of Drum event.
2008 The Marmara Hotel Bodrum Group Exhibition.
2008 Millionaire Fair CNR ‘’ Words & Dome’’ jewelry collection by Souadad Kandemir.
2009 Dubai Burj Al Arab Hotel “Quıntessentially” event Jewelry Show.
2013 Istanbul Convention Center, special collection of All Arts Istanbul.
2014 Sharjah, Sharjah Calligraphy Museum “Letters &Ornamentation from Turkey & the UAE.
2014 Sharjah Calligraphy Museum ceramic & tile workshop.
2020 Toronto, Iraqi Artists Without Borders “ We Want a Home” Art Exhibition.

Awards

2010 Best oriental design award at The Premier Middle East Jewelry & Pens Awards Competition, Bahrain.
2010 Best innovative design award at The Premier Middle East Jewelry & Pens Awards Competition, Bahrain.

Certificates

2018 Certified Open Water Diver at Professional Association of Diving, PADI.