Posts Tagged ‘iran’

Artist of the moment……Mehdi Ghadyanloo




Mehdi Ghadyanloo is an contemporary Iranian street artist renown his Op Art style. Mehdi Ghadyanloo was born in Karaj, Iran in the year 1981.

Ghadyanloo worked as a farmer before attending college at the University of Tehran where he studied painting. The artist went on to earn a masters degree in animation from Tarbiat Modares University.

Below a wonderful montage of works by the artist including many before and after shots of his painting surface:

Over his career Ghadyanloo has painted more than 100 murals around Tehran. The artist uses street art to make his city beautiful. He adds color to the grays of everyday life. In this clip we view many of the artist’s mural works:

The artist had his first solo exhibition in London, England in 2015.

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Ghadyanloo has a wonderful sense of design. The artist uses a great mix of organic and geometric shapes that really make his work grab the viewer’s eye.



Artists of the moment………..Hadieh Shafie



Hadieh Shafie is an Iranian artist renown her mixed media works that involve small circles of Farsi text and are rolled and put together to form some incredible works of art.

Hadieh Shafie was born in Tehran, Iran in the year 1969. The artist earned a B.F.A. in painting from the University of Maryland at College Park.

Shafie went on to post graduate studies earning a M.F.A. from the Pratt Institute located in New York City. In 2004 Shafie earned a M.F.A. in digital art from University of Maryland located in Baltimore.

The artist is part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the British Museum of London, England.

Price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $70,000.

Below a great short documentary on Hadieh Shafie:

The artist has certain themes in her work that she likes to focus on which are time, repetition, and process.

What I enjoy most about this artist is how she brings about her own personal experiences to the art world. Some certain texts were prohibited in her country so that now in her work she enjoys using the text, often writing it herself, and rolling it up and making a great work out of art out of her political thoughts. What a unique idea!

The end result of her work reminds me of American artist Amelia Caruso, whose basis of art is also the shape of the circle.




Artists of the moment……..Street Artist Duo Icy and Sot



Icy and Sot are a wonderful street artist duo from Iran whose work is often deals with differences with the west and more conservative and traditional eastern cultures. Icy was born in 1985. Sot was born in 1991. They are brothers.

Icy and Sot were from Tebriz, Iran and are now based out of Brooklyn, New York.

Below some great examples of Icy and Sot’s public works:

Below a link to the website of Icy and Sot:

In this clip a short interview with Icy and Sot in which they share with us why their work is seen as criminal in Iran:

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A behind the scenes look as the artist duo prepares to go on tour promoting their art:

What a great team of brothers, similar to Os Gemeos (the twins) of Brazil!


Artist of the moment……..Hessam Abrishami


Hessam Abrishami is a painter and printmaker renown for his contemporary work with the figure. Hessam Abrishami was born in Shiraz, Iran in the year 1951.

The artist now lives in California. Abrishami is one of eight children.

Abrishami attended college  in Iran where he studied architecture.  The artist also earned a master’s degree from a college located in Perugia, Italy.

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Below a great selection of works by Hessam Abrishami set to music:

What I enjoy most about this artist is his use of color. I first became aware of Hessam Abrishami as a hospital I visited often had many prints of his work. I find his work to uplifting and warm, a perfect fit for a hospital.



Artist of the moment…..Yasmine Esfandiary…..

The artist was born in 1955 in Tehran, Iran. She was born in Iran and now lives in France.  She attended college in Paris, France studying at the L’ecole Supierieur D’Art Graphique and Photographique. She also attended school in the United States at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Colorado Institute of Art.

First solo exhibition was in 1991 in Denver, Colorado.

The artist is very schooled in a variety of mediums.  Most of her works include acrylics, glitter, charcoal and are on both canvas and paper.

I enjoy this artist for her very unique blend of western and eastern cultures that appear in her paintings. She has been well schooled around the globe in art and her artwork shows this wonderful blend of cultures. I enjoy looking at floral scenes more than any other genre. From the highly detailed paintings that include vases and perhaps a table that Ben Schonzeit might produce. To the pictures that use the flower line as a fun inorganic shape and contrast them with other shapes. The artist has so much freedom in this more contemporary type of work because the goal isn’t to recreate an image, but rather to enjoy the shapes and colors that the flowers bring to the viewer.

Other artists celebrating the shape and colors of flowers with concentration on flat shapes and bright explosive colours would be Alicia LaChance. LaChance even uses fresco techniques in her paintings. My favorite artist working in this style of flat shapes and patterns is Robert Kushner. If you get the chance to see his works in person, DON’T PASS IT UP.  In many works he takes one flower and will paint the outline using acrylics over say a sheet of music. Then he takes his artistic liberty even further and adds glitter, gold leaf, silver leaf, mica, and many other materials finally enclosing them in muliptle layers of resin.  This resin makes the glitter appear to glow as the viewer moves about the picture.

I love flower paintings of all types, but when I look at those works that aren’t concerned with realism or depicting a certain still life arrangement, it makes me appreciate the many mediums used by the aforementioned artists and their ability to design what they think is a great pattern and design. They use the most their creativity can offer and I can imagine them painting their flowers with a smile and most importantly it seems they have a lot of fun when painting in this style and manner.


High price range: $10,000

Low price range: $5,000

Try a floral work in which you concentrate on line and color and not just painting what is right in front of you, EXPERIMENT and go FLAT!


Artist of the moment….Farah Ossouli…

The artist hails from Iran. She was born in the city of Zanjan, Iran in 1953.

She helped to start a group called DENA that was made up of twelve female artists. The group has exhibited around the globe.

The group DENA was formed in 2001. It was made to promote Iranian women artists not only in Iran, but also on a worldwide level. It helps promote their individual ideas and perspectives as the group contains three generations of artists. DENA is a wonderful mountain peak deep in the heart of Iran.

I enjoy her modern paintings that represent her niche in the art world, miniature painting. One of the most influential painters that she trained under was known as a master of miniature painting, his name was Mahmoud Farschian. Another influence in her work is a famous Persian poet named Hafiz.

The use of color and design of the artist transports the viewer to a different time and place. Paintings are flat with an emphasis on design and sharp edges. The figures are painted showing a great deal of expression with an excellent ornamental graphic design in the background.

Attended high school lever art school  at the Girls School for Fine Arts in Tehran, Iran. She went on to Tehran University. She also was a teacher in studio for fifteen years.

For the most part the artist paints with gouache on cardboard. Using color compliments the artist draws comparisons of times past and present. I enjoy the simple geometric shapes of the background in combination with the leaves and floral shapes. Her vivid use of color is outstanding. Another great aspect of her work are the trees. Many times the trees seem to be blowing and moving in the wind, surrounded by lively singing birds. Very poetic in her portrayal of the figure in harmony with their surroundings.

low price range: $10,000

high price range: $50,000

A link to the artist’s own website:

The artist loved to create as a child. Though she loved her dolls, they weren’t enough to satisfy her imagination. The dolls didn’t have enough personality of their own. So the artist started to make her own dolls using various papers and paints. So although the style looks very contemporary and fresh, the artist has been working on her style for fifty years!

The artist was featured in the book Iranian Contemporary Art. The book can be found for $150 on

The artist married Khosrow Sinai, a  famous Iranian film director and composer.

I enjoy this artist for her process of creating and the vivid color in her work. Try a miniature painting or drawing and see how much fun it is to design a flat work rather than something that is trying to be dimensional in appearance.

Happy painting!


Artists working with the face and figure……Khosrow Hassanzedah

This artist hails from Iran. He was born 1963 in Tehran, Iran.

He has gained worldwide fame for his silkscreens that feature terrorists. In this sense his works remind me of the riot scenes that Warhol made when the nation was going thru extreme racial difficulties.

I enjoy his work and it strikes me as something Warhol might produce if he were still with us.

A clip from New York City’s Leila Heller Gallery and a show featuring the artist that took place in March of this year.

The artist and some multi media box art works he made a few years ago.

The artist still lives in Tehran and works as a visual artist and also an actor. In Iran he is labeled as a political artist. He has used his own experiences during a war as  a basis for some of his paintings.  He even used prostitutes that were murdered in a city called Mashad as a basis for some artworks.

The artist makes a wide variety of prints and uses mediums such as silkscreen, gold and silver leaf, as well as making images on unique surfaces such as ceramic. He also paints with acrylics.

Attended college in Tehran from 1989 to 1991 and from 1995 to 1999. He studied Persian literature at Azad University. Also took private art lessons from Aydeen Aghdashlou.

low price range: $5,000

high price range: $ 70,000

surfaces used:  canvas, board, ceramic

Due to uprisings against governments I would imagine it very difficult to be an artist dealing with negative thoughts or ideas about a government. In some countries you might be jailed or beaten for expressing any dissents you have about the government. This was the case with China’s most famous artist Ai Weiwei. He was beaten and had to pay a large fine for tax evasion. To be a political artist in countries like China, Iran, or North Korea can be life threatening. One can only hope that eventually the artists are able to live in an environment that allows them to produce their art without having any restrictions or fear of reproach.

Online and land based galleries:  New York City    Leila Heller Gallery     

Fought in the Iran and Iraq wars in the early 1980s and 1990s.

Has works in the British Museum, the World Bank in Washington D.C., and Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art.

From this artist we can learn how to use mixed media to make wonderful designs. Knowing nothing about the meaning of the calligraphic words and marks I see in the artist’s work, their curves and designs are great accents to the figure he uses.  His gold leaf patterns are magnificent.

Happy painting!