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Simin Keramati is a multidisciplinary artist working with social-political themes presented through painting, drawing, video art and new media.  She received her Master of Fine Arts from Tehran Art University and is the Winner of the Grand Prize from the Khaka International Biennial 2004. Her paintings often address themes of identity, diasporic experience, and social issues.  (Toronto)

Artist Statement:

In this series I am portraying various images of ordinary girls in their unusual daily gestures, with heads cut out by the upper edge of the frame, or faces covered with hands wearing big rings and/or huge and glamorous sunglasses. In some of the art works you’ll find the girls turning their back to the audiences. The series You are a Bad Girl is criticizing the look of the society into the private life of a girl. At the time I was targeting the Middle Eastern look into the private lives of women.  In all these paintings, I have been avoiding any kind of cliché for the outfit or the gesture of each of the girls/women, I have painted.


Born in Tehran Iran

  • M.A., Fine Arts, Art University, Tehran, 1996.
  • B.A., Fine Arts, Art University, Tehran, 1994.
  • B.A., English language, Azad University, Tehran, 1995


  • Winner of the Grand prize from Dhaka international biennale 2004.
  • Short listed for the MOPCAP (Magic Of Persia Contemporary Art Prize) 2009
  • Awarded a grant to produce video art and a short film from the Canada Council for the Arts 2015


2017 Painting, Group exhibition, Advocartsy, Art Brief III (Undraped women), Arena Gallery 1, Los Angeles, California, USA
2016 Video art, Parallel Vienna 2016, in the section hosted by Hinterland Projects, Vienna, Austria,
2016 Mixed media, Group exhibition entitled “Tree”, curated by Saba Mobini, Project was placed in the whole area of Fereshteh book city, Tehran, Iran
2016 Painting, Group Exhibition, Etemad Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2016 Painting, Group Exhibition, Art Brief II, Iranian Contemporary North America, co-curators: Roshi Rahnama, Tallinn Greigor, Arena 1 Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
2016 Photo-art, Group Exhibition, Curator: Bobak Etminani, Iranian painter’s society, Iranian Forum Galleries, Tehran
2015 Video-art, Group exhibition, Curator: Samaneh Ahmadi, Azad Gallery, Tehran
2015 Painting, Solo exhibition, Art nights, Sponsored by Artclvb and Reorient magazine, Assante group showroom, Richmond Hill, Canada
2015 Painting, Group exhibition, Connections, Curator: Fay Athari, Arta Gallery, Toronto
2015 Drawing, Group exhibition, Outo Totemize, Curator: Nima Zaghian, Igreg Gallery, Tehran
2015 Drawing, Group exhibition, Takhti, Curator: Arash Tanhaie, Shirin Gallery, Tehran
2014 Performance, Group exhibition, “Ja be Ja” II, Curators: Maryam Taghavi & Zoya Honarmand, Unpack Gallery, Toronto
2014 Performance, Group exhibition, “Ja be Ja” I, Curators Maryam Taghavi & Zoya Honarmand, Azad Gallery, Tehran
2014 Video art, Group exhibition, curator: Soudabeh Zahraie, Gothenburg, Sweden
2014 Video art, Group exhibition, curator: Axel Lap, Memmingen, Germany
2013 Painting, Group exhibition, in memory to Lucien Freud, Etemad Gallery, Tehran
2013 photo art and mixed media, art paris Art fair, Grand Palais, represented by Gallery Mark Hachem, Paris. Read more …
2012 Video art, Videoart festival “MADATAK 4”, Museo Nacional & Centro de Arte Reina Sofia & Cineteca-Matadero de Madrid & Caoxa forum de Madrid, ecc, Madrid, Spain.
2012 Video Art, Group exhibition entitled “Rewind,Pause, Fast forward”. Curated by Etemad Gallery, Pi Artworks Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey. Read more …
2012 Video art, Group exhibition, curated by Helia Darabi & Elahe Helbig, Institude of art history and archaeology, Bonn, Germany
2012 Video art, Group exhibition, Mohsen gallery, Tehran
2012 Painting and mixed media and video art, Solo exhibition, Mark Hachem gallery, Beirut
2012 Painting and mixed media, a one day Solo Show, Etemad gallery, Teharn
2012 Digital photo- collage with silver and gold leaves and blades, and video art; Seen art Gallery, Tehran2011 Video art, group exhibition, Devi-art Foundation, Delhi, India
2011 Video art, group exhibition, 53 art museum, Guangzhou, China
2011 Video art, Group exhibition entitled “Hinterland”, Berlin, Germany
2011 Mixed media (digital photo and collage of blades on foam-board), Group exhibition, Tehran monoxide Project, curated by Negar Farajiani, Kherad Institude, Tehran.2010 Video art, Group Exhibition (Big Lie), Curated by Farid Jafari, Mohsen Gallery, Tehran
2010 Video art, Group Exhibition, Curated by Sini Coreth, Germany
2010 Video art, Triennial “Port Izmir”, (Silent Storm), Curated by Dr. Necmi Sonmez, Izmir, Turkey
2010 Painting and Video art, Solo Exhibition (Insomnia), Etemad Gallery, Tehran

2009 Painting, Group Exhibition (7 artists from Tehran), Asia House, London
2009 Video art & Painting, Group exhibition, Gedoc, Karlsruhe, Germany

2008 Painting, Group exhibition, F&A projects, Paris
2008 Video art, Group exhibition, Mahe Mehr Gallery, Tehran
2008 Painting & Drawing, Group exhibition, Niavaran Foundation, Tehran
2008 Video art, Group exhibition, cultuurcentrum Brugge,Project was done in different places in the city of Brugge, Belgium
2008 Video Art, Gallery of NJU, New Jersey, USA
2008 Video installation, Solo exhibition, Azad art gallery, Tehran

2007 Painting, Big sale of Iranian paintings, Society of Iranian painters, Saadabad Gallery, Tehran
2007 Photo collage, Group exhibition, A memorial for the Iranian artist Iraj Zand, Artists’ forum Gallery, Tehran
2007 Video art, An exhibition on the occasion of the XVIIth international congress of Aesthetics, Middle east technical university, Turkey

2006 Photo art, international group exhibition, Kawaguchi art gallery ATLIA, Yokohama, Japan
2006 Video art,group exhibition, museum of fine arts, Frieburg, Germany
2006 Drawing, Group exhibition, Cultural section of the Embassy of Mexico, Tehran
2006 Video art, group exhibition, museum of arts, Isfahan, Iran
2006 Video art, Solo Exhibition, Azad Art Gallery, Tehran
2006 Video art, Group Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan

2005 video art, group exhibition, Barakat trust,Oxford university, Oxford, England
2005 Video art, artist’s forum gallery, Tehran
2005 Video art, Niavaran Foundation, Tehran
2005 Video art, Azad gallery, Tehran
2005 Video art, Sala 1, Rome , Italy
2005 Video art, artist’s forum gallery, Tehran
2005 Video art, Aban gallery, Tehran
2004 Video art, group exhibition, Ajeep gallery Delhi , India
2004 Video art, art gallery Isfahan , Iran
2004 Video art and photo art, artists’ forum Gallery, Tehran .
2004 Big exhibition of new arts, Tehran University (student club), Tehran .

2003 Tehran gallery, New art exhibition, group exhibition Tehran .
2003 Hay art cultural center, group exhibition, Iranian, Armenia .

2002 Museum of contemporary arts, New art’s big exhibition, Tehran .
2002 Barg and Honar gallery, group exhibition, for “the women of Yas”, Tehran .
2002 Ladefouns center, 3rd thrinal of Iran and France , Paris .
2002 Painting exhibition (group 30+), Earth art gallery, Gunen , Japan .
2002 Group exhibition of painting, Bahman foundation’s gallery, Tehran .
2002 Painting exhibition (group 30+), small Metropolitan Museum , Gunen , Japan .
2002 group Painting exhibition, visual art’s gallery Tehran .
2002 Solo exhibition (conceptual art), Barg gallery, Tehran .

2001 Big conceptual group exhibition, Barg gallery, Tehran .
2001 Big exhibition of new art’s (group 30+) Museum of contemporary arts, Tehran
2001 Group exhibition of painting, Meridian center, Washington D.C, U.S.A.
2001 Group exhibition of painting, firoozeh gallery, Tehran .

2000 Group exhibition (group 30+), Niavaran foundation’s gallery, Tehran .
2000 Solo exhibition (conceptual), Barg gallery, Tehran .
1999 Solo exhibition (painting), Aria gallery, Tehran .
1998 Group exhibition (drawing), Barg gallery, Tehran .
1998 Group exhibition (painting), Shahnameh gallery, Tehran .
1998 Solo exhibition (painting), Aria gallery, Tehran .
1997 Solo exhibition (painting), Aria gallery, Tehran .
1996 Group exhibition (painting), 7 Samar gallery, Tehran .
1995 Biennalle of painting, Museum of contemparary arts, Tehran .
1994 Group exhibition (painting), Honar – Iran , gallery, Tehran .
1993 Group exhibition (painting), M. Hosseini’s gallery, Tehran .
1993 Group exhibition (etching), Seihoon gallery, Tehran .