Born in 1980 in Tehran, Iran Mahdieh Abolhasan began painting and sculpturing as a child by attending Kanoon courses. She is a member of the renowned Iranian artist Farhad Gavzan's Drawing House. Her works range from sculpture to performance, and she also works on graphic design for several art magazines and art books. Abolhasan's works primarily incorporate a special paper handmade by the artist herself. Each installation invites the viewer to peer into an isolated space, where they find yet another dimension into the artwork that would have remained unrevealed otherwise. In 2020, Mahdieh became the winner of the "Khor Art Initiative." Artist and jury member Katie Grinnan particularly praised her works for their layered topographic and historical aspects and the "dynamic nature of the layers," which allowed for shifting forms and structures, creating a complex narrative. Mahdieh also engages in performance art and land art.

Mahdieh Abolhasan


b. 1980, Tehran, Iran

Solo Exhibitions:
2021 Rotary Descent, SARADIPOUR Art Gallery, Bandar-e Mahshahr, Iran
2016 The Revolving Territory, Tarahan Azad Gallery, Tehran, Iran

Selected Group Exhibitions:
2020-2021 Stay Art Home (Online), Blue Rhino Art Consultancy, England
2019 Don't Bit Me!, Blue Rhino, Naples, Italy
2019 Hyrcaninan Forests, Persbook 9, Mazandaran, Iran
2018 Representation 2, Solouk Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2018 Fly Back, Red Crescent Museum, Tehran, Iran
2017 Concurrence 1, Jaleh Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2017 Group exhibition, Spazio Nour Gallery, Milan, Italy
2017 Update 2, Dastan Basement Gallery +2, Tehran, Iran
2016 Peace on Paper, Niyavaran Cultural Center, Tehran, Iran
2016 Shabtab 2, Tarahan Azad Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2016 Group drawing exhibition, Han Gallery, Shiraz, Iran
2015 Group drawing exhibition curated by Farhad Gavzan, Dastan's Basement, Tehran, Iran
2015 Small Sculptures, organized by Association of Iranian Sculptors, Aran Gallery Project Space, Tehran, Iran
2012 A4 in Hands 2, Drawing House, Tehran, Iran
1999 Group painting exhibition, organized by Association of Iranian Painters, Barg Gallery, Tehran, Iran

Art Fairs:
2021 VOLTA Basel, Basel, Switzerland

2012 Trash Performance, Directed by Farhad Gavzan, Bandar-e Anzali, Iran
2012 Mirror, Shamsolemare, Tehran, Iran
2011 Horses Behind the Windows, Drawing House, Tehran, Iran
2011 Tree Texture In Drawing, Drawing House, Tehran, Iran
2020 Winner of the first KHOR Art Initiative
Work Experience:
2019 Instructor, paper-making workshop, in cooperation with Bayyaz School, Mir Emad Museum, Tehran, Iran
2008-2011 Graphic designer, Tandis Magazine and Peykareh Publication, Tehran, Iran
2002-2008 Graphic designer, Amirkabir Publication, Tehran, Iran


The Placeless Place

May 11, 2022

Rotary Descent

Sep 10 - Oct 6, 2021

Selected Artworks


Mahdieh Abolhasan