Shahriar Ahmadi is a contemporary Iranian painter currently based in Tehran. Inspired by the rich cultural heritage of Iran, from Gnosticism to Sufi mysticism and epic writings, Ahmadi skillfully combines the formal qualities of traditional Persian art with large-scale canvases, playful gestures, and abstracted calligraphy. His contemporary application of classical forms and principles converse directly with the canons of art history, while also speaking to the future of Iranian art and culture.
Ahmadi’s calligraphic layering of textures and figures reveal his intimate knowledge of Iran’s cultural heritage, and drew us in for a closer look back in 2013; we have been studying his stories since then. We acquired his work Fugitively for the Fairmont Baku Flame Towers, for a collection of over 150 original works by more than 60 international artists.
NEXT is an ongoing series of profiles of emerging and established contemporary fine artists whose work Farmboy Fine Arts has acquired, commissioned, or proposed in previous projects.