Farhad Moshiri (artist)
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Farhad Moshiri Artist
Farhad Moshiri
Born1963 (age 56–57)
EducationCalifornia Institute of the Arts
Known forPainter and installation artist
MovementHurufiyya movement; Pop art
Shirin Aliabadi

Farhad Moshiri (born 1963 in Shiraz)[1] is an Iranian artist currently based in Tehran. His art work is rooted in Pop art dialect with a subtle, subversive socio-political commentary.


Moshiri studied fine arts at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California, in the 1980s, where he first started experimenting with installations, video art and painting. He received his MFA from California Institute of the Arts in 1984,[1] before moving back to Tehran in 1991. He subsequently became well known for his ironic interpretations of hybrids between traditional Iranian forms and those of the consumerist and globalized popular culture widespread in his country.[2]

In the early 2000s, Moshiri was most readily associated with his paintings of jars, which are decorated with traditional Iranian sayings and poetic verse, written in Persian calligraphy. These monumental containers have been described as receptacles of life, memory and desire, and reflect his fascination with archaeology.

His painted jars, which form a trademark of his production, look like three-dimensional objects, bursting with popular foods, drinks and desserts, with popular scripts elegantly written on their body.[3] Other significant works include Stereo Surround Sofa (2004), Silver Portrait on Red (2004), Diamond Brain (2004-5) and A Dream in Tehran (2007).

Moshiri is also interested in the repetition of numbers and letters in scripts for their intrinsic beauty as opposed to any literal meaning or sense they might hold

In Kennedy's Salt and Pepper Shaker, from 2005, he presents the instantly recognizable Kennedy couple in the form of salt and pepper shakers.

His work is held in several public collections, including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, the Farjam Collection, Dubai, and the British Museum, London.[4]

He is represented by The Third Line gallery in Dubai,[5][6] Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin in Paris, New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong,[7] Rodolphe Janssen in Brussels, and Thaddeus Ropac in Salzburg and London.


  • Mohammed Afkhami, Sussan Babaie, Venetia Porter, Natasha Morris, Honar: The Afkhami Collection of Modern and Contemporary Iranian Art, Phaidon Press, London, 2017. ISBN 978-0-7148-7352-7.
  • Michele Robecchi, Farhad Moshiri, Perrotin Editions, Paris, 2012. ISBN 978-2-9532-7979-5
  • Oliver Wick and Jérôme Sans, Farhad Moshiri, The Third Line, Janssen, Perrotin Editions and Ropac, 2010. ISBN 978-2-9532-7975-7


  1. ^ a b "Farhad Moshiri Biography". artnet.com. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "Farhad Moshiri (Iranian, b. 1963), Secret Garden". Christie's. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Sotheby's Staging Comprehensive Middle East Art Auction". Voice of America (VOA). Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Farhad Moshiri". ArtTactic.com. Archived from the original on 2014-07-16. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "Art Gallery Dubai". The Third Line. Retrieved .
  6. ^ Seaman, Anna (2016-02-01). "Room to grow: How The Third Line raised the bar for art in the Middle East". The National. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "Emmanuel Perrotin Opens New Gallery in Seoul". Artinfo. Retrieved .

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