Timo Nasseri Biography

Timo Nasseri explores themes such as geometry, mathematics, architecture, calligraphy, and most recently, camouflage. Combining Islamic and Western cultural heritages, his work is inspired as much by specific memories and religious references as by universal archetypes described by mathematics and language, and the inner truths of form and rhythm. His work uses the means of natural science to open up a perspective for the poetic and fantastic. Nasseri takes his inspiration from mathematics, geometry and patterns and underlines their interconnectedness in terms of repetition and aesthetics in his drawings and sculptures. His practice is one that tackles the subject of infinity and that aims to solve puzzles, whether they are historical mysteries or the explorations via mathematical theorems to discover an overarching order in the chaos of existence.

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Timo Nasseri was born in Berlin in 1972 to a German mother and an Iranian father. He received his diploma in photography from the Lette-Verein, Berlin in 1997. Nasseri began his artistic career as a photographer before making the transition to sculptor in 2004. After travelling to Iran with his father he started to explore the relationship of geometry and Islamic architecture. Combining Islamic and Western cultural heritages, his work is inspired as much by specific memories and religious references as by universal archetypes described by mathematics and language, and the inner truths of form and rhythm.

He has held numerous solo and group exhibitions, including at Mercedes-Benz Contemporary (2022); Museum Konkrete Kunst Ingolstadt (2022); The British Museum, London (2021); The Victoria & Albert Museum, London (2021); Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich (2022, 2019); ZKM, Karlsruhe (2019); Sfeir-Semler Gallery (2009, 2012, 2015, 2019); CCA Andratx (2019); Stichting Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen (2018); The Aga Khan Museum, Toronto (2017); The Melbourne Triennale (2017); Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah (2017); Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt (2016); AK Vienna (2016); KW-Kunstwerke, Berlin (2015); and The Drawing Room Biennial, London (2021, 2019, 2015).

Nasseri was a winner of the Abraaj Capital Art Prize in 2011 and was awarded the Saar Ferngas Förderpreis Junge Kunst in 2006.

His work is in the public collections of: Sammlung Daimler Chrysler, Berlin; British Museum, London; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; Spenser Museum of Art, Kansas; and David Roberts Collection, London.

Nasseri lives and works in Berlin.

Text courtesy Lawrie Shabibi.

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One and one #53 by Timo Nasseri contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Timo Nasseri One and one #53, 2024 White ink on pigmented paper
114.5 x 162.5 cm
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One and one #52 by Timo Nasseri contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Timo Nasseri One and one #52, 2023 White ink on pigmented paper
114.5 x 162.5 cm
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Orbis Tertius by Timo Nasseri contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Timo Nasseri Orbis Tertius, 2015 Ink and pencil on paper
106 x 80 cm
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Mesh 3 by Timo Nasseri contemporary artwork sculpture
Timo Nasseri Mesh 3, 2012 Powder-coated steel
31 x 18 x 16 cm
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Teardrop Vessel, #105 by Timo Nasseri contemporary artwork sculpture
Timo Nasseri Teardrop Vessel, #105, 2020 Black clay, glaze
14.5 x 13 x 5.5 cm
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Teardrop Vessel, #69 by Timo Nasseri contemporary artwork sculpture
Timo Nasseri Teardrop Vessel, #69, 2020 Black clay, glaze
6 x 19.5 x 16 cm
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Teardrop Vessel #25 by Timo Nasseri contemporary artwork sculpture, ceramics
Timo Nasseri Teardrop Vessel #25, 2020 Black clay, glaze
13.5 x 11 x 5 cm
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Teardrop Vessel #2 by Timo Nasseri contemporary artwork sculpture, ceramics
Timo Nasseri Teardrop Vessel #2, 2020 Black clay, glaze
14.5 x 20.5 x 7 cm
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