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.
1980s California Institute of the Arts
2013 - Galerie Perrotin, Hong Kong.
2012 - "Fire of Joy", Galerie Perrotin, Paris.
2011 - The Third Line Gallery, Dubai, UAE.
2010 - Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria.
2009 - "Silly you, Silly me", Galerie Perrotin, Paris.
- Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium.
- Galerie Perrotin, Art Basel Miami, USA.
- Daneyal Mahmood Gallery, Chelsea, NY, USA; Dar al Fonoon Gallery, Kuwait.
- "CANDY STORE", The Third Line Gallery, Dubai, UAE.
- "Threshold of Hap", e x t r a s p a z i o, Rome, Italy.
- Albareh Gallery, Bahrain.
- "Operation Supermarket" (with Shirin Aliabadi), The Counter Gallery, London, UK & Kolding Design
School, Copenhagen, Denmark.
- The Third Line Gallery, Dubai, UAE.
- e x t r a s p a z i o, Rome, Italy.
- Art Space Gallery, Dubai, UAE.
- Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, NY, USA.
- Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland.
- Leighton House Museum, London, UK.
2002 - 13 Vanak Street Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2001 - "Heaven", 13 Vanak Street Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2000 - 13 Vanak Street Gallery, Tehran, Iran
1992 - Seyhoun Gallery, Tehran, Iran
- "Raad O Bargh", Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris.
- "Iran Inside Out", Chelsea Art Museum, New York.
- Art without borders, Tehran Gallery, University of Tehran, Iran.
- Neighbours in Dialogue, Feshane cultural center, curated by Beral Madra, Istanbul, Turkey.
- "Iran.com", Museum of New Art, Freiburg, Germany.
- "Images of the Middle East", Copenhagen, Danmark.
- "Art without Borders", Armenian Centre for Contemporary Experimental Art, Yerevan, Armenia.
- "V-Day", Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, New York, USA.
- "Word into Art. Artists of the Modern Middle East", curated by Venetia Porter, British Museum, London,
- "Ethnic Marketing", 13 Vanak Street Gallery, Tehran, Iran.
- "After the Revolution", curated by Octavio Zaya, KM Kulturunea Erakustaretoa, San Sebastian, Spain.
- "Quasi niente / almost nothing", E x t r a s p a z i o, Rome, Italy.
- "Welcome", curated by Farhad Moshiri, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, New York, USA.
2004 - 2005
- "It’s Hard to Touch the Real", Kunstverein, Munich, Germany.
- Tallinn Kunsthalle, Tallinn, Estonie.
- Unge Kunstnerers Samfund UKS (The Association of Young Artists), Oslo, Norway.
- Yeans (artist-run-space), Gothenburg, Sweden.
- Bildmuseet Ume, University College of Fine Arts, Ume, Sweden.
- "Entfernte Nähe", curated by Rose Issa, House of World Cultures, Berlin, Germany.
- "Iran under the Skin", curated by Firouz Firouz, CCCB, Barcelona, Spain.
- "Ethnic Marketing", curated by Martine Anderfuhren e Tirdad Zolghadr, Centre d'Art Contemporain,
- "Turning Points", curated by Media Farzin, LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York, USA.
- "Iranian Pool", curated by Maria Chus Martinez, Casa Asia/ARCO, Madrid, Spain.
- Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah, UAE, United Arab Emirated
- Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmo, Sweden.
- "Continuous Stroke of a Breath", curated by Afsaneh Firouz, Harvard University, Boston, USA.
- "Haft", curated by Michket Krifa, l’Espace Landowski, Ville de Boulogne- Billancourt, France.
1993 - Tehran Biennial, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, Iran.
1989 - Dorothy Goldeen Gallery, Los Angeles, USA.