Farhad Moshiri (artist)

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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]

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).

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,[7] Rodolphe Janssen in Brussels, and Thaddeus Ropac in Salzburg.


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


  1. ^ a b "Farhad Moshiri Biography". artnet.com. Retrieved 2016-05-14. 
  2. ^ "Farhad Moshiri (Iranian, b. 1963), Secret Garden". Christie's. Retrieved 2016-05-14. 
  3. ^ "Sotheby's Staging Comprehensive Middle East Art Auction". Voice of America (VOA). Retrieved 2016-05-14. 
  4. ^ "Farhad Moshiri". ArtTactic.com. Archived from the original on 2014-07-16. Retrieved 2016-05-14. 
  5. ^ "Art Gallery Dubai". The Third Line. Retrieved 2016-05-14. 
  6. ^ "Room to grow: How The Third Line raised the bar for art in the Middle East". The National. Retrieved 2016-05-14. 
  7. ^ "Emmanuel Perrotin Opens New Gallery in Seoul". Artinfo. Retrieved 2016-05-14. 

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