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Short Biography

1945 Born in Tehran, Iran

Lives and works in Tehran and Paris



New York University – Film School – NY, USA


University of the Seven Seas - Orange, California – USA

(Foreign Student Scholarship - The World University Tour)


Arizona State University – Tempe, Arizona, USA (Bachelor of Arts – Applied Arts of the Theater)


Primary and Secondary Education in England



Permanent Artistic Director

13 Vanak Street Gallery – Tehran, Iran

XVA Gallery – Dubai


Resident Designer

Iran-America Society Cultural Center – Tehran, Iran

N.I.R.T. Theater Workshop – Tehran, Iran

City Theater – Tehran, Iran International Festival of Arts – Shiraz, Iran

Artistic Director

Zand Gallery – Tehran, Iran

Hayden - Zand Gallery – Washington DC – USA

Member of “La Maison de Artistes”



Silk Road Gallery – Tehran, Iran

13 Vanak Street Gallery – Tehran, Iran

Hervé Van der Straeten Gallery - Paris, France

Seyhoun Gallery – Tehran, Iran

XVA Gallery – Dubai, UAE

B21 Progressive Art Gallery – Dubai, UAE


Iran-America Society Cultural Center – Tehran, Iran

Litho Gallery –Tehran, Iran

Zand Gallery – Tehran, Iran

Farideh Cadot Gallery - Paris, France

Seyhoun Gallery – Tehran, Iran

13 Vanak Street Gallery – Tehran, Iran

Omega Gallery - Athens, Greece

Sheikh Gallery – Tehran, Iran

Evènement du Jeudi – Paris, France



Salon d'Automne de Paris – Paris, France

Iran Heritage Foundation Show – London, England

“Iranian Contemporary Art“ – Barbican Art Gallery,

London, England

“Regards Persans”- Espace Electra – Paris, France

“Iran Under the Skin” - Case Asia Barcelona, Spain

“Gods becoming men” - Frissiras Athens, Greece Olympic Games

“The Contemporary Persian Scene: The American and European Experience”, Leila Taghinia - Milani Heller Gallery – NYC

Contemporary Art Museum – Tehran, Iran

Christie’s Auction and Preview Exhibition – London, Dubai

“Welcome”- Kashia Hildebrand Gallery, NYC

“Photography Collection” - Centre Georges Pompidou


Art Paris – Abu Dhabi, UAE

“Routes” – Waterhouse & Dodd, London


Basel International Art Fair - Basel, Switzerland

Hayden - Zand Gallery – Washington DC, USA

Zand Gallery – Tehran, Iran

Contemporary Art Museum – Tehran, Iran


Contemporary Practices Journal

Artist Profile – March 2008

Canvas Magazine

Artist Profile – September 2007

Edward Lucie-Smith

“Erotica”, The Fine Art of Sex; Hydra Publishing 2002

Edward Lucie-Smith

“Art Tomorrow”, Pierre Térrail Editions – Paris 2002

Art Review Magazine

February 2002

Paris Musée Editions, France

Editions: London, England

“Regards Persans”

The Barbican

“Iranian Contemporary Art”; Booth-Clibborn Publications


La Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations

Paris, France

Michket Krifa Collection

Paris, France

Goulandris Collection

Athens, Greece

Contemporary Art Museum

Tehran – Iran

Lloyd Bank

Geneva, Switzerland

Nemazee Collection

New York, USA

Rose Issa Collection

London, England

Harmonia Mundi Collection

Arles, France

Centre Georges Pompidou Collection

Paris, France

Farhad and Shirin Moshiri Collection

Tehran, Iran

Cy Twombly Foundation Collection



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More About Tehran

Overview and HistoryTehran is the capital of Iran and the largest city in the Middle East, with a population of fifteen million people living under the peaks of the Alborz mountain range.Although archaeological evidence places human activity around Tehran back into the years 6000BC, the city was not mentioned in any writings until much later, in the thirteenth century. It's a relatively new city by Iranian standards.But Tehran was a well-known village in the ninth century. It grew rapidly when its neighboring city, Rhages, was destroyed by Mongolian raiders. Many people fled to Tehran.In the seventeenth century Tehran became home to the rulers of the Safavid Dynasty. This is the period when the wall around the city was first constructed. Tehran became the capital of Iran in 1795 and amazingly fast growth followed over the next two hundred years.The recent history of Tehran saw construction of apartment complexes and wide avenues in place of the old Persian gardens, to the detriment of the city's cultural history.The city at present is laid out in two general parts. Northern Tehran is more cosmopolitan and expensive, southern Tehran is cheaper and gets the name "downtown."Getting ThereMehrabad airport is the original one which is currently in the process of being replaced by Imam Khomeini International Airport. The new one is farther away from the city but it now receives all the international traffic, so allow an extra hour to get there or back.TransportationTehran driving can be a wild free-for-all like some South American cities, so get ready for shared taxis, confusing bus routes and a brand new shiny metro system to make it all better. To be fair, there is a great highway system here.The metro has four lines, tickets cost 2000IR, and they have segregated cars. The women-only carriages are the last two at the end, FYI.Taxis come in two flavors, shared and private. Private taxis are more expensive but easier to manage for the visiting traveler. Tehran has a mean rush hour starting at seven AM and lasting until 8PM in its evening version. Solution? Motorcycle taxis! They cut through the traffic and any spare nerves you might have left.People and CultureMore than sixty percent of Tehranis were born outside of the city, making it as ethnically and linguistically diverse as the country itself. Tehran is the most secular and liberal city in Iran and as such it attracts students from all over the country.Things to do, RecommendationsTake the metro to the Tehran Bazaar at the stop "Panzda Gordad". There you can find anything and everything -- shoes, clothes, food, gold, machines and more. Just for the sight of it alone you should take a trip there.If you like being outside, go to Darband and drink tea in a traditional setting. Tehranis love a good picnic and there are plenty of parks to enjoy. Try Mellat park on a friday (fridays are public holidays), or maybe Park Daneshjou, Saaii or Jamshidieh.Remember to go upstairs and have a look around, always always always! The Azadi Tower should fit the bill; it was constructed to commemorate the 2500th anniversary of the Persian Empire.Tehran is also full of museums such as:the Contemporary Art Museumthe Abghine Musuem (glass works)the 19th century Golestan Royal Palace museumthe museum of carpets (!!!)Reza Abbasi Museum of extraordinary miniaturesand most stunning of all,the Crown Jewels Museum which holds the largest pink diamond in the world and many other jaw-dropping jewels.Text by Steve Smith.