Kifah Abdulla is an artist, poet, writer, teacher, performer, environmental and social activist. Born and raised in Baghdad, Iraq. He teaches the art of Arabic calligraphy in contemporary art at Maine College of Art “MECA/CS”, former member of Portland Public Art Committee “PPAC”.
Abdulla is involved in many cultural and artistic projects, he has exhibited in many galleries in Maine and Portland such as MECA, Lewis Gallery, Creative Portland Art gallery, Harlow Gallery, etc. Art + Conversion, Colby Museum of Art, Printmaking/Graphics workshop, Haystack Craft School, Co-curator migration Experience at UMVA Art Gallery, Making Migration Visible, ICA at MECA, Voices From The Heart Of Maine “Portland Public Library”, Poets and Paintings Project at PMA by curator Marcie Griswold. Abdulla’s work was featured in the Portland Press Herald, ArtMaine 2020 Annual Guide, Citizen of this world “The Forecaster newspaper”, The Space Of Freedom “MECA magazine”, and Poetry In Action “The Portland Phoenix”.
Kifah has published two books, a poetry book “Dead Still Dream” and a memoir “Mountains Without Peaks”. He is a board member at “Portland Squash Community” and visiting board member at “Long Creek Youth Development Center”.