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Hossein Maher


Mohamad Hossein Maher was born in Abadan, Iran, in 1957. Before he was admitted to Tehran’s College of Decorative Arts in 1975, he was the student of Shahab Moosavi, from whom he learned the principles of drawing. He furthered his knowledge of drawing and painting with prominent professors such as Hossein Kazemi and Bahman Boroojeni and started teaching at the same college after his graduation while he was studying for a graduate degree. Following the closure of all Iranian universities after the Cultural Revolution of 1980, he was unable to finish his degree. A few years later, after serving in the military, he left Iran to continue his studies in France. Leaving his studies unfinished, he returned to his homeland in 1986, immediately setting up an exhibition of his works that resulted from experiences in France.
Maher’s strong attachment to his hometown and the ancient ethnic beliefs and traditions of the Persian Gulf region inspired him to return to Abadan and portray its everyday life realistically. This, however, was not a romantic journey so much as an attempt to rid himself of the inevitable illusions of a modern metropolitan lifestyle. In depicting his surroundings, he discovered he needed a new language of expression, since he found an academic and realistic approach incompatible with the region’s intense sunlight, fast rhythms and bright, warm colors. Maher experimented with different techniques and styles, including those exhibited in the published works of Manichaeist art and the techniques and colors that ancient artists applied in their works. In this way, he eventually succeeded in adopting a form of painting that satisfied his pictorial requirements. He employed his newly found style in portraying the people to which he was so attached.
When an artist is overflowing with love for his or her hometown, even the smallest of events can inspire artistic creation. An artist like Maher can find the strength and glamour of myths and legends in normal people around him, and the stronger the motivation and inspiration, the more valuable the work. Yet Maher is not simply attempting to depict a way of life; he is also concerned with his paintings formal values. He uses dynamic lines to define his shapes but it is color that ultimately expresses the space and atmosphere in his paintings. Employing a wide range of bright colors, he often creates a symmetrical balance of strong, rhythmic color combinations as if he had viewed his concepts through a mental kaleidoscope.
Although the design and composition of Maher’s paintings are done meticulously, it is his colors that lead to a coherent music and poetry in the images and forms he portrays. This is how Maher endeavors to go beyond the genre of folk painting and create modern works that penetrate deeper than the eye, finding visual forms for human dreams.

    2019Solo show, Ars Libri Gallery, Boston
    2019Group show, “Shabtab 6”, Ordibehesht Gallery, Tehran
    2019Group show, “Ms & Mr Artist”, Farmanfarma Gallery, Tehran
    2019Group show, “From Where To Where”, Saless Gallery, Tehran
    2019Group show, “Eye of The City”, Sarv-E Naz Gallery, Shiraz
    2019Group show, “Editions”, Aria Gallery, Tehran
    2019Group show, “Cama Chain”, Baroque Gallery, Tehran
    2018Group show, “Free Sale”, Tarahane Azad Gallery, Tehran
    2016Group show, “Printmaking”, Urmazd Art Gallery, Tehran
    2014Solo show, Monument, Ariana Art Gallery, Tehran
    2012Solo show, Book City, Tehran
    2010Solo show, Sin Gallery, Tehran
    2010Solo show, Etemad Gallery, Tehran
    2008Solo show, Assar Art Gallery, Tehran
    2007Solo show, Assar Art Gallery, Tehran
    2007Solo show, Aftab Atelier, Tehran
    2007Group show, Nar Art Gallery, Tehran
    2007Group show, Khak Gallery, Tehran
    2007Group show, Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris
    2007Group show, Assar Art Gallery, Tehran
    2006Solo show, Sureh Art Gallery, Isfahan
    2005Group show, Hoor Art Gallery, Tehran
    2005Group show, Homa Art Gallery, Tehran
    2004Group show, Depot Square Gallery, Boston
    2003Group show, “Land of Peace”, Niavaran Cultural Center, Tehran
    2002Solo show, Kavir Gallery, Rafsanjan, Iran
    2002Solo show, Iranian Artist’s Forum, Tehran
    2002Group show, “Dokhtaran-e-Yas”, Arasbaran Cultural Center, Tehran
    2001Solo show, 13 Gallery, Cologne
    2000Solo show, Cultural Center, Koln
    1999Solo show, Aria Gallery, Tehran
    1997Show, Center of Iran’s Culture, Koln
    1996Solo show, Seyhoun Art Gellery, Tehran
    1995Solo show, Seyhoun Art Gallery, Tehran
    1995Solo show, Private Show, “Review of the works, a Restrospective”, Hemassi Atelier, Tehran
    1995Solo show, Cologne Cultural House, Germany
    1994Solo show, Classic Gallery, Isfahan
    1993Solo show, Seyhoun Gallery, Tehran
    1993Solo show, Boulet Art Gallery, Bonn, Germany
    1992Solo show, Seyhoun Art Gallery, Tehran
    1991Solo show, Talar Naqsh Gallery, Rasht
    1991Group show, Seyhoun Art Gallery, Tehran
    1990Solo show, “Monoprint”, Seyhoun Art Gallery, Tehran
    1988Solo show, “Still Life and Composition”, Seyhoun Art Gallery, Tehran
    1988Group show, Niavaran Cultural Center, Tehran
    1987Show, Seyhoun Gallery, Tehran
    1987Group show, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran
    1986Solo show, Seyhoon Gallery, Tehran
    1980Solo show, College of Decorative Arts, Tehran
    1980Group show, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran
    1979Group show, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran
    1978Solo show, “Investigative Works”, Faculty of Decorative Arts, Tehran
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