Jamal Abdo is born May 27th 1961 in Tal Kedich near Derbesiye, Southwestern Kurdistan into a kurdish family. Growing up at the Syrian-Turkish border makes the partition of his country become an everyday reality.
Early on he develops an interest for acting and painting. In 1980 he finishes school with A-levels. In 1981 at the age of nineteen he leaves his country; ever since Jamal lives and works in Germany.
In order to finance his studies of architecture at the FH-Aachen (major: stage design) he takes on jobs as a dishwasher, gravedigger and others. He takes up acting again soon after his arrival in Germany and during the years of his study he works with various directors and acts in Stielbruch-Theater, Theater Bohem and Staddtheater Aachen.
In 1988 he finishes his studies with a thesis on experimental theatre.
His long lasting education in ballet, modern dance and jazz dance offer him the opportunity for a first job as a fashion choreographer in an advertising agency.
Now as a freelance artist and designer his work is many-sided.
Among other things he has been working at WDR as a stage designer since 1989 and is working with ARD-Design.
Modern art plays a crucial part in his life. Energetically and passionately he transforms his imaginative ideas into objects and makes exhibitions in various European countries.
Dr. S. Wolters