Artist

Artist Statement

As a surgeon and a horse breeder, I am privileged to be given a unique perspective and dimension to create in Bronze the beauty of the most noble creatures created by God, namely the human and the horse. I believe that the art must create a mental and emotional link, pleasurable or otherwise, with the viewer.

About the Artist - Short Bio

Sam Fadhli is an award winning sculptor who has been creating magic in bronze since 1985. He is a Fellow of the American Artists Professional League, a member of Allied Artists of America, Academic Artists Association and National Sculpture Society.

His experience as a surgeon and horse breeder gave him a unique perspective from which he creates his art. His sculptures celebrate in bronze the most noble of creatures, Man and the Horse.

Among the many collectors throughout the world are President and Mrs. George H. Bush, King Hassan of Morocco, the President of Uzbekistan, Sidney Sheldon, Wayne Newton, and many other Celebrities. His work can be found in the permanent collections in public places and Museums in the U.S. and abroad.

He was recently invited to represent American artists at the Biennial Art Exhibition in Florence, Italy.  For his successful career as a heart surgeon and sculptor, Rice University in Houston, Texas and the Arab American Educational Foundation selected him as one of TEN most prominent Arab Americans.  He was also selected as one of FIVE (from approximately 8 million) to have his life story in the permanent collection of The Arab American Educational Museum in Detroit, Michigan.

Sam Fadhli has been painting since childhood and sculpting for more than twenty years.



MY LIFE JOURNEY BY HUSSAM ABBAS FADHLI

I, Hussam Abbas Fadhli was born in Baghdad, graduated from the University of Baghdad Medical School, served in the army as the law required. I then entered surgical residency in teaching hospitals then served as a surgeon in small towns.

In 1957 I came to the U.S. to specialize in thoracic and cardio-vascular surgery. After completing my residency (7 years) I passed the exam for general surgery. Four days later I passed the exam of the Thoracic and Cardio Vascular Surgery and was subsequently awarded both board certificates.

After teaching thoracic and vascular surgery at Texas Medical School I established my own cardiac center in East Texas. This was in addition to centers also located in Dallas and Houston. As a pioneer in the field I successfully performed the first open heart surgery in southeast Texas in 1969.

In 1994 I was the first physician in the history of medicine to discover that blood group type A patients are more susceptible to multiple primary carcinoma. Recognizing the importance of this discovery, the Associated Press took this information from the J.A.M.A. (Journal of American Medical Association) and sent it to all its associates in the United States and the rest of the world.

I also published about twenty-five medical articles in reputable medical journals related to this specialty.
The government of Iraq invited me to become the Professor of Cardio-Vascular and Thoracic Surgery at my alma mater, The University of Baghdad Medical School. From 1973 - 1974 I did my best to improvise on the program and to introduce new medical equipment, techniques and procedures.

During the embargo on my homeland, I went on a medical mission with financial help and supplies of medication to help treat the sick children and all Iraqis victims of the embargo.

With pride in my heritage, my wife and I raised, bred and showed Arabian champion horses. My love to my mother land influenced my wife in publishing three books about current and historical Iraq. In 1992 I was selected by Rice University in Houston, TX and the American Arab Educational Foundation as one of the ten most prominent Arab Americans because of my achievements in the field of medicine and art.

In 2003 because of my achievements in the fields of heart surgery and arts I was selected as one of the five American Arabs (out of 8 million candidates) to have my life story and achievements permanently placed on a special wall at the Arab America National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.

After retiring from the heart surgical practice in 1993 I devoted my time to the arts (sculpture and painting) showing my love to my mother land and pride in my heritage.

I appeared in many television and radio stations around the country discussing my work and views defending the Arab causes. I was written in many magazines and newspapers and also wrote many articles against the war on Iraq.

My art work is found in celebrity homes and palaces of kings as well as museums and public places around the U.S. and abroad.

Since childhood I have been interested in art. When I graduated from the medical school I was appointed by the Iraqi Fine Art Institute as an instructor of human anatomy for the art students.

I have contributed my success in medicine and art to the following eight life standards:

1. Desire
2. Design
3. Dedication
4. Determination
5. Devotion
6. Discipline
7. Development
8. Delivery



Membership in National Art Organizations

  • Fellow, Professional American Artists League
  • Member, American Artists Association
  • Member, Western Artists Association
  • National Sculpture Society
  • Allied Artists of America
Education

  • Art Courses at Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Art Courses, Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas
  • Numerous Workshops with nationally renowned sculptors -- Lincoln Fox, Fritz White, Bruno Luchessi, Frudakis, Gene Daub, Hollis Williford and others.
Years of sculpting experience: twenty as of 2004
Years of painting experience: since childhood

Awards and Honors

  • Walk of Fame Recognition for sculpture "SOUTHWIND", Arabian Horse Association Bldg., Aurora, Colorado, 1997
  • Winner of National Competition for Permanent Collection of the University of Florida Gainesville, Florida, 1997
  • Finalist, National competition for Installation of outdoor sculpture, Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas 1996 and C.S.U. Vet School, Colorado
  • Finalist in National Competition for Installation of outdoor sculpture, Del Mar Park, Lakewood, Colorado, 1995
  • Academic Artists Association Award for Sculpture, 1995, Annual National Juried Show
  • Wilkinson Award in Sculpture, Academic Artist Association Annual Juried Show, 1993
  • First Place Award, Gallery One Juried Show, Reno, Nevada, 1992
  • One of Ten Most Prominent Arab Americans in Their Field, Recognition for Medicine and Art, 1992
  • Best of Show, (Painting) Sabine Area Art Association, 1970
  • Numerous Press and Magazine reviews, TV appearances, including PBS and radio talk shows.

IRAQI AMERICAN PHYSICIANS ASSOCIATION


OUR PHYSICIANS OUR PRIDE ….DR. HUSSAM ABBAS FADHLI

AN IRAQI PHYSICIAN MIGRATED TO AMERICA IN 1957 TO SPECIALIZE IN THORACIC & CARDIO-VASCULAR SURGERY. AFTER A PERIOD OF TEACHING AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL SCHOOL, HE ESTABLISHED HIS OWN CARDIO- VASCULAR CENTER . HE IS ONE OF THE PIONEERS IN THE PRACTICE OF OPEN HEART SURGERY. HE HAS DISCOVERED MANY IMPORTANT MEDICAL DISCOVERIES AND HAS BEEN PUBLISHED IN REPUTABLE MEDICAL JOURNALS. HE SHARED HIS EXPERIENCE & KNOWLEDGE WITH HIS COLLEAGUES IN HIS MOTHER LAND, IRAQ. FOR MANY YEARS. HE LOVES HIS IRAQI & ARABIC HERITAGE & BREEDER OF PURE BRED [ASEEL] ARABIAN HORSES . HE ALSO BROUGHT THE ARABIC HERITAGE & CULTURE TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. THROUGH HIS WIFE'S PUBLICATIONS OF THREE BOOKS ABOUT THE HISTORY OF IRAQ.
DR. FADHLI IS ONE OF THE PROMINENT ARAB AMERICANS FOR HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN MEDICINE, PAINTINGS & SCULPTURE. . IN 1993 HE RETIRED TO COMPLETELY DEVOTE HIS TIME TO PAINTING & SCULPTURE TO CREATE AUTHENTIC IRAQI ART THAT DESERVES ADMIRATION & RECOGNITION . . HIS SCULPTURES HAVE HIS ARTISTIC VALUES & HAVE BEEN PLACED IN MANY MUSEUMS. & ACQUIRED BY LARGE NUMBER OF ART COLLECTORS. HE HAS MANY EXHIBITS OF HIS PAINTINGS & SCULPTURES; SEVEN HAVING RECEIVED HIGH ACCLAIM & HE HAS RECEIVED MANY AWARDS. HE IS STILL BRILLIANT IN PAINTING & SCULPTURE, CHALLENGING WITH HIS BRUSH & ANVIL THE LONG ARTISTIC YEARS WITH VIGOR & CREATION & CONTINUED EFFORT.

Iraqi Academic Conference Award
 

Commissions

  • "Save Me" sculpture to promote the preservation of the Mountain Gorillas
  • "Friedl Pfeifer" nine foot high sculpture of the developer of the first ski area in Aspen, Colorado in 1947
  • Khalil Gibram Humanitarian Award
  • Numerous private commissions
Collectors - Museums and Public Places
                       - All Bronze Sculptures


Title Location
The Peacemakers President George H. Bush Library, Texas A & M University, Texas
The Peacemakers Cammanderie Museum, France
The Hunter Katten Museum, Amsterdam, Holland
The Lifeline Mayoralty Building, Beppu, Japan
Save Me The Digit Foundation, Golden, Colorado
Summer Dreams TAMS Museum, Port Arthur, Texas
Magic Moment Shadow Ridge Gold Course, Omaha, Nebraska
Los Cedros, Santiago, Chile
Double Diamond Ranch, Boerne, Texas, Also in Oregon
Timeless Bonding At seventeen diffrent locations, ranging from the United States to Chile, Brazil, and Puerto Rico
Southwind International Arabian Horse Association Headquarters, Denver, Colorado
Rancho Los Cedros, Santiago, Chile
Double Diamond Ranch, Boerne, Texas
Old Town Square, Fort Collins, Colorado
Tenderness Rancho Los Cedros, Santiago, Chile and Los Cedros, USA, Scottsdale, Arizona
Tradition Rancho Los Cedros, USA, Scottsdale, Arizona
Friedl Pfeifer -- Founder of Aspen Ski Resort Aspen Colorado
Foal's Point of View University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
The Master U.S. Olympic Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Free Again The Presidential Palace, Uzbekistan
Dreamchild and Desert Splendor The Royal Palace, Morocco

         The Love of Two
         Rivers
         
 Arab American National Museum
Dearborn, Michigan
         Saving the Children  The International Alliance to Save the Children - U.S.
Westport, Connecticut
The list represents some of the most prominent among hundreds of collectors, focusing primarily on life size or near life size bronzes.

Prominent Private Collectors

Numerous prominent personalities in the United States and Abroad, including King Hassan of Morocco, The President of Uzbekistan, Author Sidney Sheldon and singer Wayne Newton.

Galleries

Horizon Fine Art Gallery; Jackson, Wyoming
Montgomery Lee Fine Arts; Park City, Utah
Smith Kline Fine Arts; Boulder, Colorado
Richard Danskin Gallery; Palm Desert, California
Gallery Michelangelo; Las Vegas, Nevada
Adieb Khadeourie; Santa Fe, New Mexico

Exhibits

Many One-Man Show and numerous group shows in the United States and abroad, in Galleries and Museums, including the Sorbing University and City Hall, Paris, France & Tokyo, Japan.

Florence Biennial Art Show; Florence, Italy
 
 Links 
         Mothers Against War: a grassroots anti-war/peace
         organization forall mothers, families, and friends who
         oppose war to settle national and international disputes
            www.mothersagainstwar.info/fadhlibiography.htm


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