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.
© Mau Chi
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's artistic expression delves into his ethnicity, historical roots, and traditions, enriching them with diverse concepts. His art offers a visionary synthesis of the past and future possibilities, merging the traditions of multiple cultures he has encountered with innovative ideas and an inquiry into aesthetics.
Intrigued and captivated by intrinsic beauty, Mahmoud commences his artistic process with solid materials, treating them with reverence, embracing their raw textures, and the narratives they carry within. Every material holds boundless potential, resulting in harmonious creations imbued with a personal and cultural-historical essence. Despite their apparent simplicity and modesty, his paradoxically intricate works radiate personality, evoking curiosity and culminating in contemporary, conceptual artworks that are minimalist, abstract, and iconographically compelling.
Having resided in Milan for the past decade, Mahmoud diligently forged a concrete artistic language, fusing Persian and Western legacies. His inspiration stems from specific memories and concepts derived from the diverse cultures he encounters. His creations resonate with universal languages, such as mathematics and the interplay of positive and negative space, skillfully combining form and rhythm.
With a belief in the power of art to narrate stories and influence societal realities and individual lives, Mahmoud grounds his work in sociological reflections on the particular societal situations he encounters, transforming them into a visual language.
In the midst of the initial lockdown of 2020, Mahmoud embarked on a new chapter in Antwerp. This fresh context expanded his visual perspectives, opening doors to diverse viewpoints and creative possibilities.
Group exhibition de Zomer van Wechel, Castle Hof d'Intere, Antwerp
Participating artist in ISEAS (International Socially Engaged Art Symposium), Lapua
Solo exhibition (un)fair Art Fair, Milan, 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