Mahmoud Saleh Mohammadi (b. 1979) is an Iranian artist from Teheran.
He started his artistic career in his homeland, studying as a painter at the Art University in Tehran and he continued his education at Brera Fine Arts Academy in Italy, graduating in Visual Arts.
He is currently based both in Milan and Antwerp.
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Mahmoud Saleh Mohammadi is an Iranian artist born in Teheran in 1979. He started his artistic career in Iran, studying as a painter at the Art University in Tehran and improving his education at the Brera Academy of Milan in Italy, where he graduated in Fine Arts in 2017. He is currently conducting his research at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, rooted into socio-cultural, artistic and relational integration, developed by using different contemporary art languages such as painting, site-specific installations and performances.
Mahmoud touches upon his ethnicity, history and tradition of origin. By embellishing them with different concepts, his art offers a vision that reconciles the past with future possibilities, traditions of several cultures of his encounter with innovation, interiority with aesthetic inquiry.
Fascinated and inspired by intrinsical beauty, Mahmoud starts from firm materials, treating them with respect, embracing the elements of raw textures and the histories they carry. Each material contains endless possibilities, he creates harmonious pieces carrying a personal and cultural-historical soul. Radiating simplicity and modesty, his paradoxically complex works reflect personality and attract curiosity. This results in contemporary and conceptual artworks, minimalistic, abstract, and iconographically strong.
Living in Milan for the past ten years, he worked towards a concrete artistic language, combining Persian and Western heritages, inspired by specific memories and concepts of different cultures he comes in contact with. His works reference universal languages such as mathematics and the combination of full and empty space, combining form and rythm.
Believing in the strength of the arts of telling stories, impacting social realities and individual lifes, he starts from his own sociological reflections on specific societal situations he encounters, translating them into visual language.
During the first lockdown of 2020, he made the move to Antwerpen. This new context broadened his visuals, opening them up for different viewpoints as well as possibilities.
Participating artist in ISEAS (International Socially Engaged Art Symposium), Lapua
Solo exhibition (un)fair Art Fair Milano Superstudio Maxi Milano
Performance "Ode aan de Primavera" Art Studio Catherine Rochtus KANAAL Wijnegem
Group Exhibition "Artists on visit x Designers on visit x Ronald van der Hilst" House of Tulips Antwerp
Group Exhibition "Redirected 4x4", Godshuis Cornelis Lantschot, Antwerp
Other size gallery "Performance With Art Should Eat", Milan
Participant artist in "Walk-in Studio Festival", Milan
Group Exhibition "38TH", Dilmos, Milan
Group Exhibition "Light Chain", Spazio Nour, Milan
Group Exhibition "Independently together", Superstudio, Milan
Group Exhibition "Shackless", Den Gallery, Kuwait City
Finalist artist at Premio Arte 2018 (Cairo Editore), Palazzo Reale, Milan
Group Exhibition "Persian Contemporary Calligraphy" with Iranian artist and calligrapher Amir Shahrokh Faryoosefi, Spazio Nour, Milan
Artistic direction of "Travel faraway at home" project for "Pocket History", Amsterdam and Milan
Performance #04 "Chissà" Nhow Milano, Milan
Solo Exhibition "I did it! (Hanging gardens)", Nhow Milano, Milan
Participant artist in ISEAS (International Socially Engaged Art Symposium), Raseborg
Professor Assistant and Project Manager of "Se ci fosse?" (workshop for "Social Design course", addressed to international students), NABA, Milan
Collaborator and Artistic Promoter at Fondazione Empatia, Milan
Performance #05 and Solo Exhibition “Bar B”, Mudec, Milan
Installation “Bagliore”, in collaboration with Sbodio 32 for Milan Design Week, Milan
Performance #06 “I’m sorry”, in collaboration with Sbodio 32, Milan
Solo Exhibition "Time and Temple", NonostanteMarras Showroom, Milan
Performance #04 "Chissà", NonostanteMarras Showroom, Milan
Murales project "Art as therapy" for Fatebenefratelli Hospital, Milan
Group Exhibition “Contemporary Evening Nour”, Spazio Nour, Milan
Performance #02 “The First Supper”, Spazio Nour, Milan
Installation “Touch With Eyes”, in collaboration with Antonio Marras for Milan Fashion Week, Milan
Performance #03 “Trust”, in collaboration with Fastweb for Thinking HUB, Milan
Installation and Solo Exhibition “Nuova Terra”, NonostanteMarras Showroom, Milan
Performance #04 “Chissà”, NonostanteMarras Showroom, Milan
Solo Exhibition "Occhi che toccano", Fabbrica Del Vapore, Milan
Foundation of "Spazio Nour" cultural centre, Milan
Performance #01 "The Last Supper", Gallery East, Tehran
Workshop in collaboration with Milan and Krakow Fine Arts Academies, curated by Prof. Pier Luigi Buglioni, Zakopane
Group Exhibition “Take a walk on my culture”, Spazio Nour, Milan
Performance #00, Spazio Nour, Milan
Performance #01 "The Last Supper”, Chiostri di San Barnaba, Milan
Performance “Le parole hanno forza”, Spazio Tadini, Milan
Performance #01 “The Last Supper”, Spazio Nour, Milan
Solo Exhibition ”Incisioni e Linoleumgrafia”, Spazio Nour, Milan
Solo Exhibition ”Ricordi”, Palazzo Reale, Milan
Japanese Calligraphy Workshop with Hiroyuki Nakajima, Nobili Gallery, Milan
Workshop in collaboration with Milan and Krakow Fine Arts Academies, curated by Prof. Pier Luigi Buglioni, Krakow
Group Exhibition “Codice Osservatorio 6″ curated by Italo Bressan, Ignazio Gadaleta e Franco Marrocco, Chiostro di Voltorre, Varese
Workshop and Group Exhibition ”Grafica in Opera” curated by Matteo Giannini, Villa Gori, Massarossa
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