Raed Al-Rawi

Fishlegs - Creative Cartooning

About me:
I feel as if I have always been inspired by my father's artistic career. Starting in the 1970s, I worked as an illustrator and a political cartoonist for magazines and newspapers in Baghdad, Iraq.

As a painter, I exhibited work in the 80s in North Carolina in numerous group shows. I became an affiliate artist at the McColl Center for the Art in 2002. In 2006 I went for a residency in Skopje, Macedonia. Today, I teach painting classes at local colleges in Charlotte, N.C.

I have been exhibiting periodically in local galleries in Charlotte, N.C. since 1990. Regionally I have exhibited at the Arts Councils located in Winston-Salem and in Greensboro, Concord and Wilmington, and I am represented by Gallery C in Raleigh, N.C.

National exhibits include: Art Council of Greenwood, S.C.; New Vision Gallery Marshfield, Wis.; Cork Gallery at Avery Fisher Hall Lincoln, New York, N.Y.; Ward-Nasse Gallery, New York, N.Y., and Atlanta. Internationally, I have exhibited in London, Iraq and Amman-Jordan.

Career accomplishments:

  • B.S. – Psychology - University of Almustansiriah - Baghdad, Iraq - 1977
  • Honorary Award at the International Cartoon Exhibition in Belgium
  • Illustrations for “Ship to Shore” Cookbooks series – Charlotte
  • Illustrations for “You Might be A Race Fan If...”  Comic book – Charlotte - 1996

Experience in your field:

  • 2012 Instructor - Acrylic Painting - Cornwell Center - Myers Park Baptist Church – Charlotte
  • 2009-2010 Teaching Oil/Acrylic Painting - Continuing Education - Queens University of Charlotte - Charlotte
  • 2004 Teaching Oil/Acrylic Painting – Corporate and Continuing Education – Central Piedmont Community College
  • 1992-2001 Graphic design and software experience in the publishing industry