Ramin Haerizadeh

Ramin Haerizadeh

Born in 1975 in Tehran, Iran. Lives and works in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

After studying economic science at the University of Tehran, Ramin Haerizadeh was trained in photography by the Iranian photographer Massoud Massoumi, and was a cameraman as well as a film columnist. His personal artwork developed its own very provocative satirical style. His bitter criticism of the Iranian regime prompted him to go into exile in Dubai with his brother Rokni, who is also an artist. Since the Islamic revolution, his collages, hybridisations of collected photographs, newspaper pages, and satirical self-portraits, between kitsch and Dada, denounce the irrationality and violence of Iranian power. His subversive, often paint-spattered works—a mix of violent spraying and dissenting daubing—reflect his bearded and grimacing portrait over and over again, embellished with the austere Islamic hijab. The caustic voice of black humour is heard questioning the violation of human rights and the consequences on the psyche of the Iranian people with a derided identity that the militant artist spokesperson transforms.

Amongst many exhibitions of international scope, Ramin Haerizadeh was selected for the 10th Sharjah Biennial in the United Arab Emirates; he took part in Iran.com, Iranian Art Today at the Museum für Neue Kunst in Freiburg in 2006, in Unveiled: New Art from the Middle-East at the Saatchi Gallery in London and Iran Inside Out at the Chelsea Art Museum in New York in 2009.