Ali Ghassan Alzobaede

Director and founder of REAL Academy of Art in Colorado, the first arts academy in the state that teaches classical training as well as the first art academy recognized by the Art Renewal Center in the state of Colorado. He is classified as an Associated Living Master by A.R.C (Art Renewal Center) which is an international Art Organization located in the US that aims to preserve and revive the high standards of craftsmanship and excellence. (See more here)

Born in Babel, Iraq, Ali Ghassan Al-Zobaede practiced fine art as a professional artist before entering the fine arts faculty. Following the footsteps of the old masters, he can draw and paint using various techniques and using almost any medium. He has a Masters in Fine Art and has been a part of several important personal and group exhibitions. He has two local first prize awards (in Iraq) and three international first prize awards (two in USA & one in France).

2010 – 2011

Masters in Fine Arts Faculty of Fine Arts

Babel University (Babel, Iraq)

2004 -2008

Bachelor of Fine Arts Faculty of Fine Arts

Babel University (Babel, Iraq)

  • Classical training under supervision of art instructors in atelier style (Italy and Russia).
  • Research in the field of visual art (drawing, paintings and sculpture) specializing in art science.
  • Research and investigation in the secrets of Old Master Contemporary art style.
  • Before entering university, he wandered around for years seeking knowledge from various resources that would develop his art skills.

2017 – Present

Art Instructor

Art Student League of Denver – Denver, CO USA

2017 – Present

Art Instructor

Art Center for Aurora Government (Bicentennial Art Center) – Aurora, CO USA

2014 – Present

Art Instructor

REAL Academy of Art – Denver, CO USA

2013 – Present

Art Instructor

Fabriano Art Institute – Zalka, Lebanon

2008 – Present

Freelance Illustrator

2014 – 2015

Art Instructor

Imagination Celebration – Colorado, USA

2011 – 2014

Supervisor and Art Instructor

Orient Academy of Art – Hadath, Lebanon

2012 – 2013

Art Instructor

Lebanese International University – Saida, Lebanon 

Taught art classes for graphic design.

2011 – 2012

Art Instructor

University Institute of Technology – Jwaya, Lebanon 

Taught art classes for architecture and interior design.

2009 – 2011

Art Instructor

Al-Kufa University – Al-Kufa, Iraq

2007 – 2010

Interior and Theatrical Scenic Designer

Babel, Iraq

2006 – 2009

Art Instructor

Babel, Iraq

Teaching painting at my own atelier.

2003 – 2007 

Printmaker

Babel, Iraq

Printing, silk-screening and etching.

2001 – 2003

Carpenter

Family’s Carpentry Shop – Baghdad, Iraq

Creating bedrooms and wood carving.

2000 – 2003

Skilled Artist

Baghdad, Iraq

Painting and selling artworks to art galleries in Baghdad.

1999 – 2001

Graphic Designer

Fahed Center for Design and Printing – Baghdad, Iraq


  • Art Instructor (10+ years)
  • Sculpting
  • Mural painting
  • Arabic calligraphy
  • Arabic arabesques
  • Painting on porcelain
  • Stained glass painting
  • Preliminary designs for architecture and interior designs
  • Etching
  • Silk-screening / Print Screening
  • Wood Carving
  • Theater decors
  • Story writing
  • Art criticism
  • Digital Painting
  • Graphic Design

2016

Best of the Show from Sunny Vista 2016

Colorado, USA

2016

ARC Associate Living Master from Art Renewal Center

2011

1st prize for the US team for Peace in the State 

(paintings stay from collections of Minneapolis City Museum)

Minnesota, USA

2006

1st prize for Young Artists 

(under the age of twenty) 

Paris, France

2006

Golden Medal 

Minnesota, USA

2002

1st prize of Iraqis for Talented High School 

(second time)

Iraq

2001

1st prize of Iraqis for Talented High School 

Iraq

  • Arabic – Excellent (Spoken, Written) 
  • English – Good (Spoken, Written)
  • French – Basic (Spoken)
  • General reading, especially art-related books
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Kick-boxing
  • Biking
  • Chess
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