Farhad Moshiri was born in Shiraz, Iran, in 1963. He lives and works in Paris.
Moshiri developed a personal language in which to discuss Iranian and Western cultures. Inspired by Pop art, Moshiri overturns both pop culture and highbrow imagery by transforming it into figurative artwork. His pieces are made using everyday objects as well as sparkly, luxurious materials such as pearls, crystals, sequins, and gold leaf. Though his work appears to be playful and decorative, beyond the shimmering surfaces Moshiri casts a more cynical — and often critical — eye. He addresses the flaws of contemporary Iran all while toying with its traditional forms; he acknowledges the appeal of the Western world in addition to its limitations.
Float, Galerie Perrotin, New York, USA.
Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Hong Kong, China.
Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium.
"The Fire of Joy", Galerie Perrotin, Paris
Shukran, The Third Line, Dubai
Louis Vuitton commissioned works, Louis Vuitton UAE Stores, Dubai, UAE
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg
Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris
Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels
Galerie Perrotin, Art Basel Miami, USA
Daneyal Mahmood Gallery, Chelsea NY
CANDY STORE, The Third Line Gallery, Dubai
Threshold of Hap, e x t r a s p a z i o, Rome
Albareh Gallery, Bahrain
Operation Supermarket, with Shirin Aliabadi, The Counter Gallery, London
Operation Supermarket, with Shirin Aliabadi, Kolding Design School, Copenhagen
The Third Line Gallery, Dubai
e x t r a s p a z i o, Rome
Art Space Gallery, curated by Isabelle Van Den Eynde De Rivieren, Dubai
Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, New York
Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, Geneva
Leighton House Museum, curated by Rose Issa, London
13 Vanak Street Gallery, Tehran
Heaven,13 Vanak Street Gallery, Tehran
13 Vanak Street Gallery, Tehran
Seyhoun Gallery, Tehran
The Great Game, Iranian Pavilion , Venice Biennial 2015, Venice, Italy.
One Way: Peter Marino, Bass Museum of Art, Miami, Florida, USA.
"Love Me/ Love Me Not", Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan and its "Neighbors", The 55th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale,Venice, Italy
"DISASTER - The End of Days", Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris-Pantin
"ARTandPRESS", Martin Gropius-Bau, Berlin
"How I Learned to Stop Fearing and Love Exotic Art", JAMM Art, Kuwait
"The World Belongs to You", François Pinault Collection, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy
"Raad O Bargh", Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France
"Iran Inside Out", Chelsea Art Museum, New York
"Art without borders", Tehran Gallery, University of Tehran.
"Neighbours in Dialogue", Feshane cultural center, Istanbul, curated by Beral Madra
Iran.com, Museum of New Art, Freiburg
Images of the Middle East, Copenhagen
Art without Borders, Armenian Centre for Contemporary Experimental Art, Yerevan
V-Day, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, New York
Word into Art. Artists of the Modern Middle East, curated by Venetia Porter, British Museum, London
Ethnic Marketing, 13 Vanak Street Gallery, Tehran
After the Revolution, curated by Octavio Zaya, KM Kulturunea Erakustaretoa, San Sebastian. quasi niente / almost nothing, e x t r a s p a z i o, Rome Welcome, curated by Farhad Moshiri, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, New York
It’s Hard to Touch the Real, Kunstverein, Munich - Tallinn Kunsthalle, Tallinn - Unge Kunstnerers Samfund UKS (The Association of Young Artists), Oslo - Yeans (artist-run-space), Gothenburg - Bildmuseet Umeå, University College of Fine Arts, Umeå, Sweden
Entfernte Nähe, curated by Rose Issa, House of World Cultures, Berlin Iran under the Skin, curated by Firouz Firouz, CCCB, Barcelona Ethnic Marketing, curated by Martine Anderfuhren e Tirdad Zolghadr, Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva Turning Points, curated by Media Farzin, LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York
Iranian Pool, curated by Maria Chus Martinez, Casa Asia/ARCO, Madrid
Casa Asia, curated by Maria Chus Martinez, Barcelona
Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah, UAE
Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmo, Sweden
Continuous Stroke of a Breath, curated by Afsaneh Firouz, Harvard University, Boston
Haft, curated by Michket Krifa, l’Espace Landowski, Ville de Boulogne- Billancourt, France
Tehran Biennial, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran
Dorothy Goldeen Gallery, Los Angeles
Public and private collections
Tiroche DeLeon Collection, Jaffa
François Pinault Collection, Venice
Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha
British Museum, London
United Arab Emirates
Farjam Collection, Dubai
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA