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October 6, 2019

Fondation Behnam-Bakhtiar visits Yari Ostovany at his New York studio to discuss his new works and upcoming projects in the coming year.

Yari Ostovany
 

Tell us about your artistic career and how long have you been painting for?
I have been painting for more than 30 years. I took my first serious art class at the Univer...

August 11, 2019

Fondation Behnam-Bakhtiar visits Ghalamdar at his Manchester studio to discuss his new works and upcoming projects in the coming year.

Ghalamdar in his studio
 

Talk to us about your practice and where you draw inspiration from for your work. 

My current practice is based on painting and drawing. I’m interested in the tr...

August 8, 2017

Mohammad Khodashenas 
 

Born in 1975 in Rasht, Iranian artist Mohammad Khodeshenas (nicknamed MAMI) was trained in graphic design, culminating in an undergraduate degree from the University of Tehran. Alongside numerous exhibitions all over Iran, including completing the workshops of filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, MAMI ha...

December 5, 2016

Ghalamdar


Ghalamdar (“the writer” in Farsi) is a graffiti artist (born 1994, Tehran, Iran) living and working in UK. He is an active member of Calligraffiti community and called between the four most recognized Iranian street artists who are making their own mark by Art Radar Journal, and between the twelve artists cr...

September 7, 2016

Shirley Elghanian, Founder of Magic of Persia 
 

Fondation Behnam Bakhtiar talks to Shirley Elghanian, Founder of Magic of Persia, on their second group exhibition in Los Angeles Contemporary Iranian Art in partnership with Sotheby's. The exhibition will be consiting of twenty plus curated established and emerging Iran...

July 29, 2016

Born in Tehran, 1974, Sasan Nasernia began his career primarily as a calligrapher and typography artist. Exploring different avenues in Persian classical and also modern calligraphy, he has since expanded his practice to include painting, print, digital work and installation. Nasernia, who has a BFA from Azad Art Univ...

June 16, 2016

Photo by Ivana Dachy
 


History and memory inform the work of Persian-born artist Firouz Farman Farmaian, whose lifetime of living in exile in Paris, France profoundly influenced both his creative practice and individual character. "It is circumstance that ultimately shapes lives," says the artist, whose work seeks to...

June 2, 2016


With an avid passion for Middle Eastern culture and heritage, Nikki has explored her interest through a journey in the arts. Her first stop was a Sotheby’s education on Contemporary Art of the Middle East. Next came her role with the Iranian Contemporary Art Organization based in London - Magic of Persia, where she e...

May 16, 2016

Photo by DeWitt Cheng
 

 

Born in Iran in 1962, Yari Ostovany moved to the United States at the age of 16 and pursued his studies in Art first at the University of Nevada - Reno and then at the San Francisco Art institute where he received his MFA in 1995. He has has exhibited extensively in the United States and intern...

May 9, 2016


An award-winning writer, Joobin Bekhrad (BBA, MSc.) is the founder and Editor of REORIENT (www.reorientmag.com), a publication celebrating contemporary Middle Eastern arts and culture. He has contributed to such publications as the Cairo Review of Global Affairs, The Guardian, Aesthetica, Christie’s, Encyclopaedia Ir...

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