Pop art. Pete Kirill last painting: Bid Daddy Hussien

Pop art. Pete Kirill last painting: Bid Daddy Hussien
Isabel del Rio

Pop art. Pete Kirill and his series of paintings: Dictator Hall of Fame.

Pop art. Big Daddy Hussien by Pete Kirill

Pop art. Big Daddy Hussien by Pete Kirill

What would have it happened if Dictator Saddam Hussein had cloned with a Hip Hop star? Well, maybe Hussein’s egotism and desires to dominate audience would have been less dangerous, sublimated into something that causes beautiful rhythms and desires of dancing instead of blood and tears.

Neo-pop artist Pete Kirill is painting a series of works titled Dictator Hall of Fame. Yareah magazine has already reviewed several of his paintings: MC Arafats, MC Assad, Muammar Jackson, Flavor Fidel, The Chavez Show, Kim Jong-il… all of them full of irony and a personal technique of bright surfaces and smooth color transitions. Furthermore, we must highlight his perfect drawing.

Today, Pete Kirill proposes a portrait where Saddam Hussein, born in another place and circumstances, turns into the Hip Hop star Bid Daddy Kane. Thus, Saddam changes his clothes and hairstyle and starts to wear tacky jewelry… A miracle for mankind! We wish to have artists and not dictators.

However, some sinister atmosphere still remains in his expression. Some gray shadow which prevents us to trust him… Pete Kirill likes the irony but finally, he cannot hide the truth of a dangerous spirit.

As always, we congratulate Pete Kirill for his fantastic new work. Happy Christmas, Pete!

‘Pete Kirill’s neo-Pop paintings highlight the parallels between dictator worship and celebrity idolization.’


Pete Kirill was born in Mobile, Alabama in 1974. He received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, with a concentration in Fine Art and Design. Kirill began a three-year collaboration with music collective Sin Palabras based in Havana in 2000, drawn from club-inspired techno and timba (Cuban salsa) influences. Kirill’s immersion within a Communist state prompted a continued, focused visual study of infamous dictators and their accompanying cults of personality. Kirill’s first solo exhibition was held at Myra Galleries, Miami in October 2011. Kirill lives and works in Miami.

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