4 Iranian Artists You Should Know

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4 Iranian Artists You Should Know
Click through the slideshow to see four works of art by Iran's finest.
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    1. Hadieh Shafie
    Hadieh Shafie’s uses ink, acrylic, and thousands of paper scrolls to create her colorful, large-scale works. Process, repetition, and a sense of time, are at the center of the Iranian-born, Los Angeles-based artists’s work—handwritten within each scroll is the Persian word for love and passion, eshgh.

    Ink and Paper with printed & hand written Farsi Text Esheghe "Love".
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    2. Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian
    After 20 years in exile, Iranian artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian returned to her homeland in 1992. Amongst three decades of amazing work, Farmanfarmaian’s use of geometric forms and her modern versions of Ayneh-Kari—traditional mirror mosaics that date back to the 16th century—have made her one of the most famous contemporary artists in the country.

    Convertible Series. Mirror and reverse glass painting on plaster and wood.
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    3. Farideh Lashai
    The artwork of the late Farideh Lashai spans over forty years, and incorporates nearly as many mediums. Born in Rasht, near the Caspian Sea, Lashai’s best-known paintings are surrealist, Cezan-inspired imaginings of the nature world that speak to her personal relationship to her homeland. In her later years, Lashai incorporated video and photography into her work, often projected onto one of her paintings.

    Prelude to Alice in Wonderland. Painting with projected animation and sound, oil, acrylic and graphite on canvas.
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    4. Mona Hakimi-Schuler
    Mona Hakimi-Schuler is an Iranian-born artist, who lives in Berlin. Her paintings, collages, and sculpture instillations juxtapose traditional Persian themes with images of everyday Iranian life, post 1979 Islamic Revolution. As is the case with most of her work, Iranian identity is at the heart of Self-Portraits, a series of nine paintings that portray Hikimi-Schuler in various forms of hijab.

    Self-Portraits. Oil on canvas. 
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