Moslem Khezri’s (b. 1984, Iran) rather restrained color palette in his representational paintings and monotone drawings of scenes of school students within the familiar architecture of classrooms and courtyards evoke childhood memories, nostalgia and, on a broader level, point to the inherent power structure governing different stages and aspects of our social existence. The figures seem to populate the scene like actors both in groups and as individuals, mostly viewed from a distance, while the artist chooses to offer a more intimate portrait of certain characters here and there. The principal role, however, is played by light; natural light from the sky or coming in through the windows that defines spaces and brings volume and expression to the figures.
b. 1984, Iran
Born on April 9, 1984, Kerman, Iran.
2008 BA in painting, University of Sistan and Baluchistan, Zahedan.
2011 MA in painting, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran.
2017-2018 Lecturer, Soore University, Tehran
2011-2015 Lecturer, Semnan University, Semnan
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2019 Solo exhibition, We Keep Reviewing, Saradipour Art Gallery, Mahshahr, Khuzestan, Iran
2015 A Cursory Induction, 26 Gallery, Tehran
2006 Solo exhibition, Bootia Gallery, Kerman
Selected Group Exhibitions
2019 Art Feast 7: Figurative, Iranian Artists Forum, Tehran
2018 Drawing as Living: Selected by Amir Soqrati, Iranian Artists Forum, Tehran
2017 Group exhibition, Iranian Cultural Center in Paris, Paris, France
2016 Group exhibition, Gallery 26, Tehran
2015 Group exhibition selected by Aydin Khankeshipour, No. 6 Gallery, Tehran
2013 Three Galleries, Three Shows, Art Center Gallery, Tehran
2012 Group exhibition by Iran Painters Association, Saba Art Gallery, Tehran
2018 Writing and compilation of the book entitled “Naghashan-e Figurativ-e Iran” [Figurative Painters of Iran], Nazar Publication, Tehran
2016 Cooperation and writing articles for the book entitled “Dar Jost-o Juy-e Zaman-e No” [In Search of a New Era], compiled by Iman Afsarian, Herfeh Honarmand Publishing House, Tehran
2016 (up to present) Editor of the visual arts section of Shiveh Bimonthly
2010 (up to present) Cooperation with Herfeh Honarmand Magazine