Vahid Chamani



  • 2007      BA, Painting, Soureh University, Tehran, Iran
  • 2000     Painting Diploma, Fine Arts School, Tehran, Iran

Tehran based artist who is working actively for the last 15 years and received a couple of prizes in various international art festivals. He has chosen (Amino Acid) for all his artworks. Read more in his statement below ….

Artist Statement

My work on the whole talks about Iran’s present cultural situation which is disturbed by deep contrasts between tradition and modernism.We have somehow turned away from or traditional culture but at the same time been left behind by modernism. We have distanced ourselves from our beliefs and now stand far from them to be able to join in the global stream of modern cultures but it seems like we have failed in reaching both of them. May be this is because we are doubtful of this liberation and don’t want to separate from our past. This has out us in some kind of cultural gap where we can’t find our true place in western modernism.I try to show this gap in my works, my dark and even colored backgrounds show a theme of having no place and time, where people are doubtful of their identity and worried for their future. Some figures and faces are shown with two different sides which show their stressed minds. Some eyes are blind and some show disappointment with traces of scares they have on their hearts and souls, few have hopes.In some others I have used ornaments like earrings and necklaces with shiny faces on pretty figures who although have put on a lot of makeup still have their traditional dresses on, a sign of their inner want for returning to past cultures and in spite of that, trying to keep up with new trends of fashion, in order to hide their fear of being called backward. They have made a false identity for themselves and a world of self deceit. My figures are never who they appear, they are acting all the time, trying to show off and sometimes it looks like they pity themselves and are trying to be self consoling. The medium and ,material I use are both oil and ink. Ink is a medium of traditional Iranian painting and oil a more modern medium. They clash in my works but oil always wins. I use traditional clothing belonging to Ghajar and Sassani dynasties or different periods or make them look old and ancient. These are used in modern spaces with modern lighting and western glazing mixed with Iranian traditional sign and icons. They both exist beside each other. Is this true in the real world ? No I think we are only imagining, or hallucinating. I have chosen the title ( Amino Acid) for all my works and not only for some. Amino Acid is the fundamental element of human body cell and all other creatures we are all made from a common core but with different forms.I chose this title because I have followed the same concept , my works have a common core but have different forms and presentations.

Selected Events



Solo exhibitions

  • 2019        Amino Acids, Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
  • 2018        Amino Acids,(Drawing),Shirin Gallery,Tehran,Iran
  • 2017        Amino Acids, Lazarew Gallery, Paris, France
  • 2016        Amino Acids, Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
  • 2015        Amino Acids, Assar Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran
  • 2013        Amino Acids, Naar Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran
  • 2011        The Armory Show, Canvas Art Gallery, New York, USA
  • 2010        Amino Acids, Naar Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran
  • 2008        Amino Acids, Naar Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran
  • 2007        Amino Acids, Homa Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran
  • 2005        Honar Gallery, Tehran, Iran


Select Group exhibitions

  • 2019        Den Gallery, Kuwait City, Kuwait
  • 2018        Haleh Gallery, Munich, Germany
  • 2018        Palazzo Bastogi Museum,Florence,Italy
  • 2018        Lazarew Gallery, Paris, France
  • 2014        Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts, Tehran, Iran
  • 2014        Lattuada Art Gallery, Milan, Italy
  • 2014        Pallfyho Palac, Bratislava, Slovakia
  • 2014        Willemsen Art Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 2013        Canvas Art Gallery, New York, US
  • 2009        Canvas Art Gallery, New York, USA
  • 2009        Royal College of Art, London, UK
  • 2009        Basement Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE
  • 2008        Imam Ali Museum, Tehran, Iran
  • 2007         Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, Iran
  • 2006        Honar Gallery, Tehran, Iran


Art Fairs

  • 2018        Abudhabi art , Abudhabi, UAE
  • 2018.       Teer Art,Tehran,Iran
  • 2017        Art Expo Malaysia, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia
  • 2015        Art Ankara, Ankara, Turkey
  • 2011        The Armory Show, New York, USA



  • 2009        Selected in Art Bridge Prize -Residency, Washington D.C, USA
  • 2009        Selected for Magic of Persia Contemporary Art , London, UK
  • 2008        Selected in the 7th Painting Biennale of Iran, Tehran, Iran
  • 2008        Winner of special prize, The 2nd International Award of Monotheistic Religions (Illustration), Tehran, Iran
  • 2007        Winner of special prize, The 3rd Youth Art Festival, Tehran, Iran
  • 2006        Selected in the 4th International Painting Biennale of the Islamic World, Tehran, Iran
  • 2006        Selected in the Faber-Castel Art Festival, Tehran, Iran
  • 2004        Selected in Art Festival, Tehran, Iran


Select Collections

  • Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, Iran
  • Iran Artists Forum,Tehran, Iran
  • Didi Contemporary Art Museum,Mazandaran, Iran
  • Imam Ali Art Museum, Tehran, Iran



  • Associate member of the Iranian Painters Society
  • Member of National Iranian Talent Foundation


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