Keyvan Shovir
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Keyvan Shovir
Keyvan Heydari-Shovir
Born1985 (age 34–35)
Other namesCK1
Known for

Keyvan Heydari-Shovir (Persian: ?; born September 1985), also known as CK1, is an Iranian contemporary artist and street artist based in San Francisco. His work combines Iranian traditional culture with contemporary pop culture. Shovir is a pioneer of Iranian graffiti art.


Shovir was among the first artists that established the Iranian graffiti movement that emerged in Tehran in 2002. He uses Persian alphabet and Islamic art motifs in his work, exploring Iranian poets like Hafez and Rumi.[1] His stencils are inspired by Persian miniature art.[2] He obtained his BA in Painting from the University of Tabriz and is a Master of Fine Arts candidate at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.[3][4][5]

He has done several street and public art projects in San Francisco. In Clarion Alley, Shovir put up murals with Shaghayegh Cyrous in the memory of three female Iranian literary figures - Forough Farrokhzad, Simin Behbahani, and Simin Daneshvar. He also did a project backed by SFMTA and the Chinese Culture Center.[6][1]

Shovir was featured in the documentary Mutiny of Colours (2016) as one of Iran's formative street artists.[7]

CK1 in tehran

Recent exhibitions



  1. ^ a b Pars Equality Center (12 November 2016). "Pars Generation+ holds Arts & Culture Mixer in San Francisco". Payvand. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ "Graffiti with a Persian twist". France 24. 7 April 2013. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ Hua, Vanessa (18 January 2018). "Turning deadly arms into inspirational art". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ Thulin, Lila (14 July 2017). "Art, politics and Instagram backdrops in San Francisco's Clarion Alley". Peninsula Press. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ Abadi, Mehrnoush Cheragh (10 February 2017). "The fleeting freedom of street art in Tehran". Equal Times. Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ Curiel, Jonathan (12 October 2016). "Know Your Street Art: In Memory Of". SF Weekly. Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ Emory, Sami (29 November 2015). "The Documentary About Persecuted Iranian Street Artists You Never Saw". Creators. Retrieved 2018.

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