b. 1963, Iran

Farhad Moshiri Biography

Moshiri was born in Shiraz and later moved to California to study at the Californian Institute of Arts. It was in the States that he started to experiment with installations, sculpture, film and painting. He first became known for his monumental jars and bowls painted on canvas with their richly textured surfaces. These grand vessels represent containers of desire, life and memory. The calligraphic text which appears throughout Moshiri’s work and on his pots can be read as extracts from poems, or vernacular words used in daily life in Tehran. The varying colours used in his pots have their own nostalgic significance as they relate to childhood associations with foods and drinks. The form of the pot reflects for him a fascination with archaeology. The surfaces of his canvases are highly worked to achieve a fragmented, aged look, which resembles the naturally glazed or unglazed stoneware vessels of 13th-century Iranian potters. Moshiri is constantly changing his artistic interpretation and vision and has more recently been pushing the boundaries of his materials, using cake icing dispensers, Swarovski crystals, and knives to make works of art that incorporate increasingly textured and sculptural approaches. Beyond his choice media, it is his mastery of Iranian visual vernacular, as well as his acute awareness of popular culture and art history, which has earned him worldwide attention over the last 8 years.

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Moshiri travelled from Iran to the USA in the early 1980s to study at the California Institute of Arts, from which he graduated in 1994. He now lives and works in Tehran but sells his work throughout the world.  Moshiri’s work has become a regular and extremely popular feature in the contemporary Middle Eastern &
Arab art auctions over the last couple of years. His work has also featured in over 18 solo exhibitions, including Leighton House in 2003 and in galleries in Rome, Geneva, Dubai and London. His work can be seen in The British Museum’s collection and was exhibited in the Word into Art travelling shows in London and Dubai, curated by Dr. Venetia Porter, in 2006 and 2008.

He is best known for his painted jars, and ironic interpretations of hybrids between traditional Iranian forms and those of the consumerist and globalised popular culture widespread in his country. Moshiri is interested in the reaction of traditional Middle Eastern culture to some of the more superficial aspects of 21st century western culture, and believes we are at the sociopolitical crossroads where various paths can be chosen. He clearly hopes that his culture retains many of its indigenous features.

Moshiri was born in Shiraz and later moved to California to study at the Californian Institute of Arts. It was in the States that he started to experiment with installations, sculpture, film and painting. He first became known for his monumental jars and bowls painted on canvas with their richly textured surfaces. These grand vessels represent containers of desire, life and memory. The calligraphic text which appears throughout Moshiri’s work and on his pots can be read as extracts from poems, or vernacular words used in daily life in Tehran. The varying colours used in his pots have their own nostalgic significance as they relate to childhood associations with foods and drinks. The form of the pot reflects for him a fascination with archaeology. The surfaces of his canvases are highly worked to achieve a fragmented, aged look, which resembles the naturally glazed or unglazed stoneware vessels of 13th-century Iranian potters. Moshiri is constantly changing his artistic interpretation and vision and has more recently been pushing the boundaries of his materials, using cake icing dispensers, Swarovski crystals, and knives to make works of art that incorporate increasingly textured and sculptural approaches. Beyond his choice media, it is his mastery of Iranian visual vernacular, as well as his acute awareness of popular culture and art history, which has earned him worldwide attention over the last 8 years.

Moshiri travelled from Iran to the USA in the early 1980s to study at the California Institute of Arts, from which he graduated in 1994. He now lives and works in Tehran but sells his work throughout the world.  Moshiri’s work has become a regular and extremely popular feature in the contemporary Middle Eastern &
Arab art auctions over the last couple of years. His work has also featured in over 18 solo exhibitions, including Leighton House in 2003 and in galleries in Rome, Geneva, Dubai and London. His work can be seen in The British Museum’s collection and was exhibited in the Word into Art travelling shows in London and Dubai, curated by Dr. Venetia Porter, in 2006 and 2008.

He is best known for his painted jars, and ironic interpretations of hybrids between traditional Iranian forms and those of the consumerist and globalised popular culture widespread in his country. Moshiri is interested in the reaction of traditional Middle Eastern culture to some of the more superficial aspects of 21st century western culture, and believes we are at the sociopolitical crossroads where various paths can be chosen. He clearly hopes that his culture retains many of its indigenous features.

Farhad Moshiri Featured Artworks

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Mystery Man * by Farhad Moshiri contemporary artwork print
Farhad Moshiri Mystery Man *, 2013 Digital print on fine art 100% cotton paper
70 x 50 cm
Perrotin Contact Gallery
Indian Boy in the Spot Light * by Farhad Moshiri contemporary artwork print
Farhad Moshiri Indian Boy in the Spot Light *, 2013 Digital print on fine art 100% cotton paper
70 x 50 cm
Perrotin Contact Gallery
Red Head * by Farhad Moshiri contemporary artwork print
Farhad Moshiri Red Head *, 2013 Digital print on fine art 100% cotton paper
70 x 50 cm
Perrotin Contact Gallery
Natural * by Farhad Moshiri contemporary artwork print
Farhad Moshiri Natural *, 2013 Digital print on fine art 100% cotton paper
70 x 50 cm
Perrotin Contact Gallery
Curl * by Farhad Moshiri contemporary artwork print
Farhad Moshiri Curl *, 2013 Digital print on fine art 100% cotton paper
70 x 50 cm
Perrotin Contact Gallery
Angelina Jolie instant eyebrows by Farhad Moshiri contemporary artwork mixed media, textile, textile, textile
Farhad Moshiri Angelina Jolie instant eyebrows, 2010 Embroidery, acrylic on canvas on MDF
127 x 167 cm
rodolphe janssen Contact Gallery
Broken in two by Farhad Moshiri contemporary artwork mixed media, textile, textile, textile
Farhad Moshiri Broken in two, 2012 Hand embroidered beads on canvas
164 x 117 cm
rodolphe janssen Contact Gallery
Streetfighter black on orange by Farhad Moshiri contemporary artwork mixed media, textile, textile, textile
Farhad Moshiri Streetfighter black on orange, 2013 Embroidery on canvas
137 x 104 cm
rodolphe janssen Contact Gallery

Farhad Moshiri Recent Exhibitions

Farhad Moshiri Represented By

Perrotin contemporary art gallery in Paris, France Perrotin Hong Kong, New York, Paris, Seoul, Shanghai, Tokyo

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