Ramin Haerizadeh, ‘Mémoire 2’, 2010, PLUTSCHOW GALLERY

About Ramin Haerizadeh

Ramin Haerizadeh’s mixed-media collages and computer-manipulated imagery offer a critical perspective on the Iranian regime, satirically drawing on the country’s history and invoking traditional motifs of Persian tapestries, fabrics, and carvings. He is best known for “Men of Allah”, a series inspired by plays from Persia’s Qajar period, which often told stories from the life of Mohammad. Haerizadeh’s series depicts configurations of bearded men in patterned robes and heavy makeup, with bodies mutated into near-abstract, angular forms recalling Cubism, and contorted faces that are the artist’s own self-portrait. “In Iran everybody’s holy,” Ramin has said. “Ahmadinejad is holy, the Prophet is holy, the Shah, the ex-Queen…The first thing our community has to do is bring down all the icons.” In other work he has addressed the anger and frustrations of Iran’s Green Movement. He is the brother of the painter Rokni Haerizadeh; the two artists fled Iran in 2009 following the appearance of their work in an exhibition at the Saatchi gallery in London.

Iranian, b. 1975, Tehran, Iran, based in Dubai