Zeqirja Rexhepi

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Biography

Born in 1955 in Prlepnic, Gjilan, Kosova. Zeqirja Rexhepi studied at College of Arts in Skopje, Macedonia and at the Academy of Fine Arts at the University of Prishtina (1979). He went on to specialize in embroidery design in Arbon, Switzerland (1980) and continued his education in Canada at the Nova Scotia Community College in Computer Design.

Zeqirja was the chief textile designer for Europe’s second largest textile mill. He widely exhibited his paintings in Kosova and abroad, and was commissioned as a muralist to create frescoes for churches and mosques. His most accomplished mural is Albanian Persecution, 1846 (650m, 1991) in the Church of Binqa in Gjilan, Kosova.

Zeqirja has had many solo and group exhibitions, notable recent exhibition include Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery (1999), the Nova Scotia Art Gallery (2002), the UCCB Art Gallery II (Sydney, 2005), the National Defense Head Quarters (Ottawa, 2007), and the Dalhousie University Art Gallery (2007 through 2011).

Zeqirja has completed many mural commissions in Nova Scotia including the Tallships mural in downtown Halifax (2000), a series of eight murals at Alderney Landing based on historic Dartmouth (2003-05),  Map of Canada for the Immigration of Canada (2009), and murals in the Cole Harbour United Church and Trinity Church. He has also donated artwork to St. Patrick Church.

Zeqirja is a member of Visual Arts Nova Scotia, the Cape Breton Artists Association, the Canadian Forces Artists Program and IATSE. His artistic credibility landed him an opportunity to be a part of a judges panel for the Canadian Air Forces Artists Program and was chosen to feature in CBCs ArtSpots. He currently provides training and guidance for private students.

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