Zeqirja Rexhepi

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Education

Embroidery Design (Arbon, Switzerland) [1980], Academy of Fine Arts (Prishtina, Kosovo) [1976-79], College of Arts (Skopje, Macedonia) [1974-76], High School of Arts (Peja, Kosovo) [1973-74]

Biography

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, (650m2, 1991) in the Church of Binqa in Gjilan, Kosova which he completed with Demir Behluli.

Since Zeqirja’s arrival to Canada, he has had many solo and group exhibitions, notable exhibits include those opened at Saint Marys University Art Gallery (1999), Nova Scotia Art Gallery (2002), UCCB Art Gallery II (Sydney, 2005), National Defense Head Quarters (Ottawa, 2007), Dalhousie University Art Gallery (2007 through 2018), Canada Place 2012), Halifax Club (2014), Gainsborough Gallery (2015), Corridor Gallery (2016), The Craig Gallery (2017), Embassy of the Republic of Kosovo (2017), Admiralty House for 100th Halifax Explosion Anniversary (2017).

Zeqirja has completed many mural commissions in Nova Scotia including the Tall Ships 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 continues to create, continually signifying his art style with simplicity of form through message and it is this new “Revival” that has garnered him a renewed attention in media.

Current and past organisations that Zeqirja has been affiliated with are; 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 his students.

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