Zeqirja Rexhepi paints for gratefulness

By: Valon Xoxa    August 15, 2014

Zeqirja Rexhepi, a painter and textile designer, was forced to leave his work and house during the 1999 conflict and flee to Canada in search of a better life.  After learning that his home had been burned down, like many other homes in Perlepnicë Gjilan, Mr. Rexhepi realized that years of his work had been lost forever. However, a single piece had survived. In fact, it had been one of his favorite and most valuable work, it was a wedding gift for his wife Bedrije.  The piece had survived solely since it had been stolen from an exhibit in then-Yugoslavia.


Currently Mr. Rexhepi is holding an exhibit at the Halifax Club. The 50 paintings in display are of mixed media and oil, encompassing all the working done ever since he had arrived in Nova Scotia 15 years ago.The exhibition is a gift to the community and host country, it is free and open to the public. The paintings cover a range of topics, from his decision to stop smoking, to  9-11, ancient Illyrian art and animals.

You can find his artist portfolio at :    http://www.albanianarts.com

Mr. Rexhepi is a member of Visual Arts Nova Scotia, the Cape Breton Artists Association and the Canadian Forces Artists Program, also a professor of fine art in Kosovo, Mr. Rexhepi always finds time for his passion for art.

Info Source : http://thechronicleherald.ca/

Valon Xoxa

Valon Xoxa is a staff member of Kosovodiaspora.org. He holds a bachelor degree from Westminster College (MO) in Cultural Anthropology and Sociology. Currently resides in Prishtina, and is a freelance contributor and editor at KosovoDiaspora.org. With an interest in contemporary culture, he seeks to find and incorporate articles from the Kosovar Diaspora that would shed light upon the interesting characteristics of this important global community. He has published a research article through UNDP’s School on Human Development titled “Mobility and Public Participation: A Case Study of the Kosovar Diaspora”, where a rather interesting Andersonian perspective is taken at understanding the Internet as a national identity creation medium.

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