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Etemad Gallery Sep 2016 Ali Zaeem Tehran A Conceptual Revolution 01

Decorative elements of stucco works with feminine models are blends in a realm

where chivalry and mythology, form the superior aspects of the masculine life.

And by the time when, with no judgment, we have found our birth and life in the

twenty two different districts of Tehran, our re_ection becomes part of the art work.

Ali Zaeem

Ali Zaeem

Born in 1968, Tehran, Iran


2000 MA in Graphic Design, Faculty of Fine Arts, Azad University, Tehran, Iran

1992-1996 Attending Painting Classes of Master Aydin Aghdashloo

1992 BA in Chemical Industry, Azad University, Tehran, Iran

Educational experiences:

2000-2011 Teaching Arts in a Number of Fine Art Universities including Srttu, Sooreh and Azad Universities

Solo Exhibitions:

2014 Etemad Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2011 Seyhoun Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2008 Iranian Artists’ Forum, Tehran, Iran

Group Exhibitions:

2016 “What the Pop”, Saless Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2015 “Persian Garden Party”, Nicolas Flamel Gallery, Paris, France

2015 “Fish & Coral”, Niavaran Cultural Center, Tehran, Iran

2015 “Happy Days”, Nicolas Flamel Gallery, Paris, France

2015 Association of Iranian Painters Annual Exhibition, Iranian Artists’ Forum, Tehran, Iran

2014 “Vitrin”, Iranian Artists’ Forum, Tehran, Iran

2013 Professors of Sooreh University, Imam Ali Museum, Tehran, Iran

2013 The 2nd Painting & Calligraphy-Painting Annual Exhibition, Iranian Artists Forum, Tehran, Iran

2013 “Three Generations of Iranian Contemporary Artists”, Art Center Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2012 “Sarcasm”, Golestan Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2011 Art Center Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2011 The 8th Painting Biennial, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, Iran

2010 Ukrainian Artists forum, Kiev

2010 Museum of Contemporary Art, Tirana, Albania

2009 The 3th International Biennial of Islamic World, Tehran, Iran

2008 The11th International Islamic Arts, Sharjah, UAE

2006 The First World Award of Monotheistic Religions, Tehran, Iran

2005 The 22th International graphic Biennial, Berno

2004 “100 Pieces, 100 Artists”, Golestan Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

1996 The 4th Painting Biennial, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, Iran


Appreciations from Academy of Art & Design, Kiev, Ukraine

Other Activities:

Author and Translator of Several Essays in the Field of Art

نمایشگاه آثار " علی زعیم " با عنوان " تهران انقلاب مفهومی " شهریور 1395 گالری اعتماد

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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.

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