Inspired by the language of Neo-Expressionism in his large iconic paintings, Farshad Farzankia remixes references from the 80’s to today to tell powerful narratives of migration and power relations in his works. Including icons of personal importance and building a lexicon of meaning through symbol: cameras reference the artist’s love of film and film direction, shoes which become understood as symbols of migration and red tulips that surround faces references iconic posters from Farzankia’s childhood in Tehran.
Farzankia’s work across mediums poses questions about who is seen and why and what objects hold meaning across borders. Using bold confident colors and expressive brush-work, his paintings rumble within our new reality and uneven world dialogue.
Farzankia holds a bachelor degree in Visual Communication and worked for 15 years as a graphic designer in the field of poster and music design before he retired as a graphic designer and started painting full-time.
Richard Heller Gallery introduced Farzankia’s work to the U.S. art market at Untitled, Miami, 2017.
Born 1980, Tehran, Iran
Lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark
If I Stand, Arken Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark
Farshad Farzankia, Andersen’s, Copenhagen, Denmark
I and I (with Mason Saltarelli), Turn Gallery, New York, USA
On Going Home, Politikens Forhal, Copenhagen, Denmark SHAMS, Public installation at Heartland Festival, Denmark
Welcome to America, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Bread and Flower, Anderson’s Contemporary, Copenhagen, Denmark
Design Werck Studio, Copenhagen, Denmark
Two Person Exhibitions
Soul Mate w/Kimia Ferdowsi Kline, 68 Projects, Berlin, Germany
La Potenza dell’Arte Contemporanea, Pinacoteca Provinciale di Potenza, Italy – Curated by Lorenzo Benedetti
Stilleben, Kunstbygningen i Vrĺ, Vrĺ, Denmark
Untitled. Art Fair, Richard Heller Gallery, Miami, FL (Upcoming)
Frieze London, Anderson’s Contemporary, London, England
Art Dubai, 68 Projects, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Group Show, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Untitled. Art Fair, Richard Heller Gallery, Miami, FL
Anderson’s Contemporary, Copenhagen, Denmark
Natalia Rachlin, “The Artist Who Is Selling Out Shows Just Two Years After He Started Painting,” T The New York Times Style Magazine, October 24, 2018
Staff, “Interview,” Art of Choice, October 26, 2017
Jens-Peter Brask, “Farshad Farzankia,” Studio Visits III, 2017
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