Mehrdad Afsari

Gallery Artist

Mehrdad Afsari

1977, Khoy, Iran

Works and Lives in Tehran, Iran



2006 M.F.A in Photography, Art University of Tehran, Iran

2000 B.A in Photography, Art and Architecture Faculty of Azad University of Tehran, Iran

2006 Until now, Professor of Tehran Art University

2004 Until now, Honorary Member of Iranian Visual Artists Society


Solo Exhibitions

2017 “Years Long Gone” and “The Hidden Law of Reason”, Mohsen Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2016 After Grandmother, Mohsen Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2014 “The Gradual Disappearance of Things”, Mohsen Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2013 “America, Suspended Land”, Mohsen Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2012 “Insomnia”, Mohsen Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2011 “The Sacred Geometry of Chance”, Etemad Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2009 “The frenzied heart of mine, Houses the passionate countenance of thine”, Assar Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2008 “I Am Oblivious of All Things”, Khak art gallery, Tehran, Iran

2006 “Gum Bichoromate Print”, Assar Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2005 “Photography as a Myth”, Silk Road Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2005 UNDP, Tehran Office, Tehran, Iran

2004 “Untitled”, Haft Samar Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2003 “Roadscape and The Felts”, Assar Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2002 “The Village of Tehran”, Aeineh Gallery, Tehran, Iran



Selected Group Exhibitions

2017  “Piece of Life” – E1 Art Galley – Tehran,Iran

2017 “Shadow of Garden”, Stiftelsen 3,14 Gallery, Bergan, Norway

2017 “Focus Iran 2”, Craft & Folk Art Museum, LA, USA

2016 “Photo San Francisco”, San Francisco, USA

2015 “uNclear deal”, Curated by Mehdi Abdolkarimi, The Mine Art gallery, Dubai, U.A.E

2015 Art for Peace, Curated by Freidoon Farbod, Niavaran Artistic Creations Foundation, Tehran, Iran

2015 “Winter”, Mohsen Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2015 Iranian Contemporary Art, ART ANKARA 2015, Ankara, Turkey

2014 “Approaches to Tradition neo- Traditionalism in Contemporary Iranian Art” Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, Iran

2014 “Zoo” Curated by Iman Safaei, Shirin Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran

2014 “Art for Peace”, Curated by Solmaz Shabani, Held in 3 galleries, Tehran, Iran

2013 “My Name Is Not Rouge”, Curated by Ali Bakhtiari,  Shirin Gallery, New York, USA

2013 “Sub Tehran: Subjective Truth from Iran”, Center of Contemporary Art (CCA), Curated by Sohrab Kashani, Tbilisi, Georgia

2013 MEDATAK Festival “Section Uncharted Territory: video art in Iran”- Video Madrid, Spain

2013 Shirin Art Gallery- “Silence”-curated by: Iman Safaei -Tehran, Iran

2012 Mahemehr Art Gallery- “Inbetwenness”-curated by: Hamid Severi -Video, Tahran, Iran

2012 Mohsen Art Gallery-“Confined Landscape”-Tehran, Iran

2011 Mohsen Art Gallery – “The 1st Tehran Annual Digital Art Exhibition” – Video, Tehran, Iran

2011 “TV Dinner Project” -Video- Queens Museum of Art (QMA) -USA

2011 Mohsen Art Gallery – “Pool” -Tehran, Iran

2011 Etamad Art Gallery – “13X18 Portrait” -Video – Tehran, Iran

2010 Mohsen Art Gallery – “Big Lie”-Video -Tehran, Iran

2010 Mohsen Art Gallery – “Obligatory Military Service”-Video-Tehran, Iran

2010 Azad Art Gallery – “Tehran 1, 6 sq Km”- installation -Tehran, Iran

2009 “Settlement and Urban Identity in the Persian Gulf Region”, University of Westminster, London, UK

2008 Hillyer Art Space – Washington D.C – USA

2008 Group Photo Exhibition – Niavaran Artistic Creations Foundation – Tehran,  Iran

2006 10th photo biennial – Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Iran

2004 Art Expo – Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Iran

2004 9th photo biennial – Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Iran

2004 Assar Art Gallery – Tehran, Iran

2004 Silk Road Art Gallery – Tehran, Iran

2000 Assar Art Gallery – ” Iranian Contemporary Photography “- Tehran, Iran

1998 Tehran Gallery – subordinate to Tehran University – Tehran, Iran

From 1997 – 2011 More than 50 national and international group exhibitions



Awards and Fellowships

2016 Selected Artist for “Iran and Norway Artist Exchange program” Bergen, Norway

2010 KAUNAS Photo Star Festival – Top finalist – Kaunas, Lithuania

2009 “1 sq. Mile Project” – Visiting Art, art institution in London, UK.

2008 “Art Bridge Program” International arts &artists – Washington D.C, New York, Charleston, USA

2007 4th Iranian sea photo biennial – second prize -Iran

2006 10th photo biennial – Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art – first prize, Iran

2005 2th Iranian sea photo biennial – third prize -Iran



Other Activities

2016 Jury member of “Foad” photo festival- Tehran, Iran

2015 Jury member of “Birjand” photo festival Birjand, Iran

2015 Jury member of “Dast Dovoom” Photo Festival -Tehran, Iran

2015 Curated photo group exhibition “winter “-Mohsen Art Gallery-Tehran, Iran

2012 Curated photo group exhibition “Confined Landscape”-Mohsen Art gallery, Tehran, Iran

2010 Jury member of “Persia in the Mirror of Nature” Photo Festival -Shiraz, Iran



Art Fair & Auction


2017 PHOTOFAIRS| Shanghai, China

2017 PHOTOFAIRS| San Francisco, USA

2016 PHOTOFAIRS| Shanghai, China

2011 Contemporary Art Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey

2011 1st Modern & Contemporary Visual Art Auction, Tehran, Iran

2011 “Berliner Liste”, Berlin, Germany

2011 Bonhams Art fair, Dubai, U.A.E

2010 Contemporary Art Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey

2009 Paris photo, Paris, France




Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art




2014 “The Gradual Disappearance of Things” -Mohsen Publication, Tehran, Iran

2013 “Contemporary Iranian Art: New perspectives”, published by Saqi books, London, UK

2011 “la photography Iranians”, published by Editions loco, Paris, France

2010 “EYE”- Photo Series- No.38 – Mahriz Publication – Tehran, Iran

2005 “The Sun of the Light” – Photo Series – Herfeh Honnarmad Publication, Tehran, Iran

2004 “Time and Space” – Photo Series, Herfeh Honnarmad Publication- Tehran, Iran