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Ahmed Alsoudani ’08MFA

Just months after Ahmed Alsoudani ’08MFA picked up his Yale diploma last year, Art + Auction profiled him as an up-and-coming painter whose colorful, chaotic war images had been compared to Picasso’s Guernica. Now the 35-year-old, Baghdad-born artist has commanded the attention of Forbes senior editor Susan Adams ’90MSL, who names Alsoudani to her “Watch List” for art collectors in 2010. In fact, Alsoudani is not just on Adams’ watch list; he is the watch list. The painter “has caught the eye of mega-collectors Francois Pinault and Charles Saatchi at a time when art from the Middle East is getting hot,” Adams writes. “Alsoudani pieces now sell for $24,000 to $65,000. Expect prices to climb much higher.”

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