Rokni Haerizadeh (b. Tehran, 1978) lives and works in Dubai.

Haerizadeh attracted international attention during the mid-2000s for his paintings that brought together, on canvas, his observations about social or public gatherings in Iran – particularly weddings, religious festivals, funerals and banquets – and reveal the hedonistic, ritualised or violent side of human nature that are buried in such spectacles.

Since 2009, Haerizadeh has sought new definitions of painterly practice that could lift the medium off white canvas. In his works on paper, Fictionville (2009–) Haerizadeh paints directly onto news photographs or stills taken from news footage, while his ‘Moving paintings’ are rotoscope video works composed of thousands of these individually-painted stills. Both projects are an ongoing discourse about the ideology and voyeuristic violence embedded in a media-powered spectacle.

He has participated in numerous institutional exhibitions, notably Carnegie International (2013), Here And Elsewhere at the New Museum, New York (2014) and the Sharjah Biennial (2011). His works are held in public and private collections, including the Carnegie Museum of Art, the British Museum, Tate Modern, the Devi Art Foundation, the JP Morgan Chase Art Collection and the Rubell Family Collection.

Haerizadeh maintains a collaborative practice with Ramin Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian, and together they have staged two exhibitions at Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Dubai. In January 2014, the artists participated as fellows in the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s residency in Captiva, Florida. Fictionville, a monograph of Haerizadeh’s work edited by Negar Azimi, was published in 2014 by Koenig Books.



BA in Fine Arts, University of Tehran
MA of Painting, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Tehran
Certificate in Writing from the Islamic Ministry of Culture and Guidance


Selected exhibitions:


The Birthday Party, collaborative exhibition with Ramin Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston, USA


Those Who Love Spiders, and Let Them Sleep in Their Hair, collaborative exhibition with Ramin Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian, Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark

All the Rivers Run Into The Sea. Over. / Copy. Yet, The Sea Is Not Full. Over., a collaborative installation at the Queensland Art Gallery as part of the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Brisbane, Australia


Global Positioning Systems, Perez Art Museum, Miami, USA

Life in an Animated World, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, New York, USA

The Fall, Rodeo Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

I won't wait for grey hairs and worldly cares to soften my views, Callicoon Fine Arts, New York, USA

Slice A Slanted Arc Into Dry Paper Sky, collaborative show with Ramin Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian, Kunsthalle Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland

Nice Drawings, group exhibition, Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Dubai, UAE



One Torino, Shit and Die, Palazzo Cavour, Torino, Italy Here and Elsewhere, New Museum, New York, USA


The Exquisite Corpse Shall Drink the New Wine, collaborative show with Ramin Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian,

Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, UAE


Carnegie International 2013, Pittsburgh, USA



I Put It There You Name It, collaborative show with Ramin Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian, Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde, Dubai, UAE



THE STATE: The Coming Insurrection, Traffic, Dubai, UAE

Big Brother, L’Artiste Face aux Tyrans, Palais des Arts et du Festival, Dinard, France About Painting, abc art berlin contemporary, Berlin, Germany



Fictionville, Sharjah Biennal, UAE

Be Crowned with Laurel in Oblivion, Rokni and Ramin Haerizadeh, Bita Fayyazi, Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France



Oh Victory! You Forgot Your Underwear, solo, B21 Gallery, Dubai, UAE

Crossing the Persian Gulf, group exhibition curated by C. Merewether, Hong Kong International Art Fair 09 There Goes the Neighbourhood, collaboration with Bita Fayyazi, B21 Gallery, Dubai, UAE

Raad-o-Bargh 17 Artists from Iran, Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery, Paris, France

Unveiled, New Art from the Middle-East, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK



Looped and Layered, group exhibition, Thomas Erben Gallery, NY, USA Tehran 206, solo exhibiton, Ave Gallery, Tehran, Iran


Gol Andam and Bad Hijab, solo, GalleriArtist, Istanbul, Turkey

2007 The Donkey, the Pagan, the Bride, and Others, solo, B21 Gallery, Dubai, UAE


Within and Without, NoMoreGrey Gallery, Iranian Contemporary Art, London, UK

Wishes and Dreams, Iranian New Generation Emerges Meridian, International Center, Touring exhibition, USA



Haft Negah, group exhibition, Niavaran Creation Centre, Tehran, Iran Dolme, solo, Golestan Gallery, Tehran, Iran


Iranian art today, Museum fur Neue Kunst, Freiburg, Germany

Paintings and Drawings by Rokni Haerizadeh, solo, The Third Line, Dubai, UAE Drawing facing Design, Homa Gallery, Tehran, Iran

What film, Azad Gallery, Tehran, Iran



Khosrow and Shirin, solo, Day gallery, Tehran, Iran Beijing Painting Biennale, China


Mah Gallery, group exhibition, Tehran, Iran


Second Generation, Assar art Gallery, Tehran, Iran



Paintings by Rokni Haerizadeh, solo, The Third Line, Dubai, UAE


Gardens of Iran, Tehran Contemporary Museum of Art, Tehran, Iran


4 Young Painters, group exhibition, Day Gallery, Tehran, Iran 2003 Lucky Charms, group exhibition, Golestan Gallery, Tehran, Iran


On the Road, various public places, Tehran, Iran 2002 Environmental Art Exhibition, Polour, Iran


Atashzad Gallery (Sajadeha), Tehran, Iran 2001 Golestan Gallery, Tehran, Iran



Mural, German Embassy, Tehran, Iran Elahe Gallery, Tehran, Iran




Rauschenberg Residency, Captiva, Florida, USA


Les Bonnes, Photo-Romance, Rokni and Ramin Haerizadeh and Hesam Rahmanian, L'Of ficiel Art, No. 4, Dec, Jan, Feb 2012 - 2013


Second Prize at the Tehran Painting Biennial


Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, USA
Tate Modern, London, UK
Rosenblum Collection, Paris, France
Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, Iran Charles Saatchi Collection, London, UK

JP Morgan Collection, NY, USA
Devi Art Foundation, Delhi, India
British Museum, London, UK
Francois Pinault Collection, Paris, France Farjam Foundation, Dubai, UAE,

Rubell Family Collection, Florida, USA Farook Collection, Dubai, UAE UCCA, Beijing, China

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