Afghan Artists Join Brookfield Craft Center Art Community


Brookfield Craft Center is pleased to welcome Matin Malikzada, Gul Ziwar Awrang and Alibaba Awrang to its community of artists. These artists, resettled in our region from Afghanistan, are internationally recognized for their exceptional and captivating artistic talent.

Mr. Matin Malikzada is a seventh generation Afghan traditional pottery master, internationally recognized for his technical skills and elegant designs. Hailing from Istalif, Afghanistan, once a vibrant center of ceramic art and trade, Matin was forced to flee Afghanistan following the recent Taliban takeover. With his family, he is now resettled in northwestern Connecticut where he continues his career as an artist.

In Afghanistan, Matin headed the ceramics department at the Turquoise Mountain Institute and exhibited his work internationally at institutions including the Smithsonian, Philadelphia Art Museum, Buckingham Palace, Japan International Museum, and Davos.

Mr. Alibaba Awrang is a world renowned Islamic calligrapher whose work has been exhibited around the world. A lover of this form of art from an early age, he was drawn to the beauty and colors of calligraphy, one of the most alluring Islamic arts. Mr. Alibaba Awrang is passionate about his work and teaches others to find that same passion in themselves.

Ms. Gul Ziwar Awrang produces beautiful traditional Afghan needlework in dresses, shirts, pillows, belts and bags. She is an expert weaver and produces beautiful decorative pillows with intricate stitching.

The Brookfield Craft Center will work with each of these artists to provide opportunities for the community to explore their exceptional craftsmanship through exhibitions and sales of their work in our gallery, as well as programs where the community can learn their techniques. in our studios.

The first of these opportunities is in our ceramic studio where from July 2n/a, Mr. Malikzada will offer a 5-week course where students will learn traditional Afghani methods and age-old decorative techniques. Visit for more information.


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