Yezidi – Young Boy
Yezidi boy is the first portrait I made of the eyes of Yezidi refugees.
In the fall of 2015, I decided to try to do something to help the Yezidi people who were being massacred, enslaved and tortured by the ISIS terrorist, without much people being aware of the nightmare their were going through.
I went to work. I thought mosaics of the eyes of the refugees would be the best way to get the world’s attention. After all, everybody remember the eyes of the young Afghan girl who made the cover of National Geographic in the 80’s.
The eyes are the mirror of the Soul, I wanted to capture the soul of thee people, to share them with the world so people would become aware that the kind of things which happened 70 years ago in Germany can still happen today – in any country – if we do not pay attention.
I built 8 mosaics, the eyes of 6 Yezidi people. 5 children, 1 young woman, a soldier fighting back for her people.
This one is the first mosaic I built, a portrait of a young boy who must be 3 or 4 years old. I Built this piece in the sepia tones.
Because I wanted these mosaics to be really special, I came up with a new technique, I called it “Opus Pixellatum”. I had been thinking about it for a while, but decided to give it a try, To my knowledge, nobody makes mosaics in this way, and the result is stunning.
I will donate 50 % of the profit of the sale of these mosaics to the Free Yezidi Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping the Yezidi People.