Behnam-Bakhtiar is a French - Iranian artist. Born in Paris, he lived in Tehran, Iran as a teenager and young adult. Many of his works are well-known for exploring his visionary and philosophical views on life and humanity, derived from the artist’s personal life experience of post-revolution Iran, including the Iran-Iraq war, a traumatic period in the history of the country; and his subsequent reflections on these experiences while living in France and elsewhere.

 

Behnam-Bakhtiar's oil paintings are created in his signature style of peinture raclée involving and intricate style of scraping, relaying and spreading of numerous blends over particular points. For the artist, these, represent layers of energy, feelings and time. He paints from one layer to another for several months to years to create his complex works referencing to a prosperous way of life, human evolution, the universal language, eternal feelings and Self, history, present and future, awakening a strong sense of experiencing positive emotions and transcendence, while accessing its audience's psyche to bring about locked knowledge, intuition and human sensitivity.

 

Sassan's most recent body of oil paintings have been shown worldwide including a solo exhibition at London's Saatchi Gallery and a solo exhibition at the historic Villa Santo Sospir in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat entitled Oneness Wholeness with Jean Cocteau.

Behnam-Bakhtiar's works are part of many private collections internationally. The artist has exhibited with the biggest names of the contemporary art world from London & Dusseldorf to Los Angeles & New York.

 

Sassan is currently based in the South of France where he continues to pursue his chosen disciplines.

 

Selected exhibitions:

2019
Christie's Modern and Contemporary Art Sale
October 23

London, U.K.

2019
Extremis Solo Exhibition
October 18 - November 23

Dusseldorf, Germany

2019
Art Monte-Carlo, Setareh Gallery
April 26 - 28

Grimaldi Forum, Principality of Monaco
 

2019
artnet Middle Eastern Art: Then and Now sale
March 14 - 27
 

2019
Christie’s Middle Eastern Modern & Contemporary Art sale
March 23

Dubai, U.A.E.

2019
Iran Heritage Foundation 
Norouz Gala Auction
London, U.K.

2018

Villa Santo Sospir

Oneness Wholeness With Jean Cocteau Solo Exhibition
September 6 - 30
Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France

2018

Saatchi Gallery
Oneness Wholeness Solo Exhibition
May 14 - 27
London, U.K.

2018

Bonhams Modern and Contemporary Middle Eastern Art 
April 18
Mayfair, London, U.K.
 

2018

Christie's Dubai: Post War and Contemporary Art 
March 22
Dubai, U.A.E.

2018
Iran Heritage Foundation 
Norouz Gala Auction
London, U.K.
 

2018

artnet Middle Eastern Contemporary Art sale
March 15 - 28
New York, U.S.A.

2018
artnet You Thought You Knew: Lesser-Known Works by Master Photographers 
February 20 – March 7th
New York, U.S.A.


2017

Bonhams Modern and Contemporary Middle Eastern Art 
November 28 
Mayfair, London, U.K.


2017
Setareh Gallery
November 7 - 11
Abu Dhabi Art, Saadiyat Cultural Center, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

2017
Emergeast Auction 4
October  27
Dubai. U.A.E.

2017
Magic of Persia, Magic in Monaco exhibition, Christie's auction
July 27 - 29
Principality of Monaco and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Cote d'Azur, France

2017
artnet Contemporary Middle Eastern Art sale
February 13 - 27​
New york, U.S.A.

2016
Future & Memory / Memory & Future, Shirin Gallery NYC
October 20 - November

New York, U.S.A.

2016
MoP Foundation x Sotheby's exhibition and auction, Sotheby's Los Angeles
September 12 - September 16

Los Angeles, U.S.A.

2016
Young Collectors Auction n° 24, Ayyam Gallery
September
Dubai, U.A.E.

2016
Emergeast Auction 3
April 27
Al Serkal Avenue, Dubai. U.A.E.

2016
Blue Gold, Etemad Gallery
Opening reception, April 22
Tehran, Iran ​

2016
Royal College of Art RCA Secret Dubai, Art Dubai, 

March 16 - 19

Dubai, U.A.E.

 

2016
MoP Foundation, Remembering Tomorrow
Exhibition and cocktail reception, February 19
Exhibition open to public, February 20 - 24
Niavaran Center for Artistic Creation, Tehran, Iran

2016
MoP Foundation, Remembering Tomorrow
Exhibition preview and VIP sitted dinner, Christie's Auction, March 13
Opening and cocktail reception, March 14
Exhibition open to public, March 14 - 18
Jamm Art, Dubai, U.A.E.

2015
Royal College of Art RCA Secret Dubai, Art Dubai

March 18 - 21

Dubai, U.A.E.

 

2015
Magic of Persia & Christie's Auction 
Emirates Towers

March 21

Dubai, U.A.E.

2014

Human Suffering at Times of Crisis, Curated by Barry Martin
Debut Contemporary Gallery 
London, U.K.

2014 

The Real Me Solo Exhibition, Debut Contemporary Gallery 

October 24 - November 4

London, U.K.

2014

Mop Foundation x Sotheby's exhibition and auction, Inspiration / Insistence, Aspiration / Persistence

September 16 - 18

New York, U.S.A.
2013

Entre L'Orient et L'Occident

Salles des Fetes

July 1 - 13

Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Cote d'Azur, France

 

2010

Magical Nights

Magic of Persia & Christie's Auction

DIFC and Yas Island

November 5 - 6

Dubai and Abu Dhabi, U.A.E

 

2009

Magical Nights

Magic of Persia & Christie's Auction

Emirates Towers

April 11th

Dubai, U.A.E

 


Publication:

With My Head In The Clouds And Stars In My Eyes
'House of Sassan'
Joobin Bekhrad

 

Oneness Wholeness
Unicorn Publishing

Future & Memory / Memory & Future
Forwards by Lisa Pollman, Janet Rady and Joobin Bekhrad

Extremis

Setareh

Forward by Felix Fischer

SASSAN

BEHNAM-BAKHTIAR

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