Rokni Haerizadeh

Rokni Haerizadeh

Born in 1978 in Tehran, Iran. Lives and works in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Based in Dubai since 2009, the two Haerizadeh brothers, Rokni and the eldest Ramin, have participated in many international exhibitions. Rokni Haerizadeh’s painting has been frenetically abundant since a young age and familiarity with this medium has led to a very physical relationship with the canvas that he invests in to the maximum. With acrylic or oil on very large format canvases, Rokni Haerizadeh tells the intensely colourful tale of life in Tehran. Street scenes, wedding celebrations, and funerals are alongside torture sessions or a contrario or scenes of lassitude. Influenced by Freud’s interpretation of dreams, history, and traditional Persian literature as well as popular culture, he has created a dreamlike world, with hints of surrealism, full of contradictions in-between fundamentalist dogma. and an absolute desire for liberation. With deep-rooted energy he depicts Iranian morals and customs and notably denounces the inequality of the sexes by comparing feminine bodies in burkas and masculine bodies in bathing suits on a beach—Shomal (Beach at the Caspian), 2008. Mourners, dancers, and soldiers are screened, assembling symbols of the fabulous world of ancient mythology in these gatherings of motley characters: swords, chalices, doves, headgear, and fabrics. The discrepancy between literary traditions and the world of Iran today is revealed in a personal pictorial analysis by this creator of a new vision of the chaos in the Middle East.