Solmaz Tohidloo



2002     BSc Painting, The Faculty of Fine Art, Tehran University

Solmaz was born in Iran and studied painting at Tehran’s Fine Art University. she has been living in silence for a long time and  now she wants to show everyone  the images which comes out of her soul, images of the Woman’s spirit, without aesthetic trickeries. These images representing “Her” in the way she feels, her spirit with its simple greatness, Images of silence, loneliness and distance, and also searching for the color of red roses.Solmaz decorates her paintings with quotations, which are mostly taken from ghazals (Persian odes) written by the renowned Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhi Rūmī, commonly known as Rumi. This Iranian poet from the thirteenth century is very well-known not only in Iran, but also in Greece, Turkey and the United States.


Today’s modern era with all its progresses achieved in varieties of fields still has no answer for the loneliness of human beings and them staying alone. One of the main reasons for this is the human’s perception of one another, the conflict they have of the conditions before and after each other. It seems like the same mystery that attempts to conceal the tragedy.Solmaz’s women, who were abundant in the affliction of happiness in the past, now are looking for themselves in a cold frame of abandonment, inevitable due to being alone, in search of the time passed in the moments after him and despondent again of the yet another arrival.In the end it is she, who is left alone, silent and lonely, worried about what has happened and what will happen.

These women, whose eyes are frigid with emptiness and hollow, still have hope; hope is the only condition, with which they are not afflicted and they only have the loyalty as their greatest support for their hope.Long shadows behind their lonely gazes represent the symbol of the hidden power of silent and lonely women.

Sardari, Tehran, 2020

The new artworks that Solmaz has presented in these recent years attempt to talk openly to the viewer. In this series of works, the form has altered; without it being forced to keep a distance from the meaning. The blackness of the words and letters do not contain any evident or literal sense; the word is all about the meaning, a concept for speaking. The women of these works are similar to those contemporary ones we meet every day and are lost in the hues and cries of the surroundings. The excitement of the colour tries to replace this tumult. In these works, contrary to the previous ones, the connection with the work is considered to be way beyond identification; it is the viewer that is illustrated in the middle of the frame on the canvas. In some of these works, the bird has been placed in the hands of the narrator of the image with such serenity as if it is not worried about staying at all. The word is this: they will fly together.

Selected Events

Group Exhibitios

  • 2020      Affordable Art in Battersea-Eclectic Gallery- England
  • 2019       1912 GALLER-washington D.C.november
  • 2019       Affordable Art in Hampstead- England
  • 2018       Manchester Art fair in Manchester-England
  • 2018       SAATCHI Gallery(Start Fair) in London
  • 2018       Affordable Art in Hampstead –Engaland
  • 2014       Seyhoun art Gallery-Iran
  • 2014       Gallery Novi Hram -bosnia herzegovina Sarajevo
  • 2009       2nd festival of Contemporary drawing of Iran-Tehran
  • 2008       International MARZIART Gallery, Hamburg
  • 2007       Open Art-Paris ( Rencontre international d’artistes )- France
  • 2007       Auction Christies in Jumeirah Emirates Towers Hotel
  • 2007       3th visual art experimental festival ( Group exhibition in Youth art –Iran-Tehran)
  • 2007       Fourth International Painting Biennial of the Islamic world -2007 – Iran-Tehran
  • 2007       The 6 Biennial of Persian Painting –Tehran-( Museum of contemporary Art’s)
  • 2006       Group Painting exhibition in MOOMAYEZ Art Gallery (KHANE HONARMANDAN) –Tehran
  • 2005       Nature in the Mind and Imagination the Iranian- Contemporary painters –Tehran-Iran
  • 2004       Second visual art experimental festival (Group exhibition in Youth art) -Iran-Tehran
  • 2004       Group Painting exhibition in Iranian Student Festival in Lebanon- Beirut
  • 2000       Museum of contemporary Arts – (Contemporary Drawing ) Iran–Tehran


Solo  Exhibitions

  • 2020       The last superSEYHOUN ART GALLERY-Tehran, Iran
  • 2017        SEYHOUN Art Gallery -Tehran, Iran
  • 2016        SEYHOUN Art Gallery -Tehran, Iran
  • 2014        Impress Gallery- Dubai, Emirate
  • 2012        SEYHOUN Art Gallery -Tehran , Iran
  • 2009       SEYHOUN Art Gallery -Tehran-Iran
  • 2008       SEYHOUN Art Gallery -Tehran- Iran
  • 2007       SEYHOUN Art Gallery-Tehran – Iran
  • 2006       SEYHOUN Art Gallery-Tehran – Iran
  • 2006       DAY ART Gallery -Tehran- Iran
  • 2006       LALEH Art Gallery -Tehran-Iran
  • 2005       SEYHOUN Art Gallery -Tehran -Iran
  • 2002       Embassy of the Czech Republic-Tehran – Iran


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