Ars poetica
Farah’s work contains many themes; howeverher key theme is duality. Farah states that evenbefore Islam, there was always c...
The Sun’s fest
Vincent Reza and Me
Mona Lisa
MomentsGouache on cardboard 1989
Angel and Devil
JudithAngel of JusticeSalome
Guardian angelStudy
Khosrow and Shirin
Shirin and Farhad
Prometheus in Chain
Woman and Grape
Put Your Gun Down
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Farah Osouli was born in Zanjan in 1953. She studied graphic design at Tehran University and was a student of Mahmoud Farshchian, the renowned miniature painter.
She combines modern and traditional skills to create works in breathtaking harmony.
Osouli's exhibits new works in Tehran about once a year. She has also had shows in Switzerland and the United States.

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    Gracias Pilar, Farah Ossouli es una maravillosa mujer y una artista talentosísima. Un abrazo
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  • Esta artista es maravillosa, y la presentación también, que exquisitas son sus pinturas en cualquier estilo. Me encanta. Gracias, Pilar
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  • @johndemi2 Thank you Johndemi, I also like it very much. Pity that I don't understand all the meanings and symbols in her works.. so full of emotions and beauty. Thanks for adding to your favorites this renowned Iranian contemporary artist with a unique style strongly influenced by the classical Persian miniature style of paintings.
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    Danke Carina, I'm happy you liked
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  • Thank you Michaela for introducing us to this artist,I really like her work.

    And of course for Farid Farjad.
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  •     Ossouli, Farah Born in 1953, Zanjan, Iran Education: 1971 Diploma in painting, Girl's Sc hool of Fine Arts, Tehran 1977 B.A in graphic design, Faculty of Fine Arts, Tehran University, Tehran, Iran Teaching experiences: 1972-1977 Design Studio, Tehran 1981- 1987 Moaser Studio, Tehran   Farah Ossouli is an Iranian artist currently living in Tehran. She first started painting almost 42 years ago. At the age of 15, Farah attended art school in Iran where she first became acquainted with Western art. During this time, Farah also began learning traditional Persian miniature painting techniques. Hailing from an artistic family, Farah painted throughout her childhood. Her aunt, brother, and sister are all prominent artists. At university, Farah studied graphic design. Upon graduating, Farah decided to pursue painting professionally. Throughout Farah’s university days however, there were teetering tension in Iran.
  • Not too long after Farah graduated, Iran went through a revolution. It became very difficult to continue as an artist during this tumultuous period. The country became very ideological. Straight after the revolution, there was no support from the government, and many galleries and museums closed down. The Persian art scene suffered for 10 years, with little activity through that period. The art scene has been making a comeback over the past few years, however. Iran’s rich literary and cultural heritage has inspired Farah’s work. Specifically, Persian miniatures greatly inspired her work. The stories that are portrayed in the minarets portray love, violence, friendship, and family. Just as each minaret tells many stories, so does each of Farah’s works. In one work for example, both day and night are represented. In another work, both heaven and hell are portrayed on the same canvas. Farah brings it all together, “life is full of both,” she states. Farah likes to bring these miniatures into the modern day, and she enjoys mixing the traditional with the new. Iranian poems have also greatly inspired Farah’s work. She places great importance in these poems since they are timeless. Love, family, honor, as well as many other themes and issues of today’s world are timeless. The same issues portrayed in these hundreds of years old poems, are still significant in society today. Farah admires the timelessness of these poems, which demonstrate that human nature never changes.
  •   Living in Iran is the fuel for Farah’s creation and imagination. Living in Tehran allows Farah to know what is happening in her homeland, and see how it is changing. Visiting all parts of Iran, as well as strolling Tehran’s bustling streets, and interacting with its people has been a constant inspiration for Farah’s work. I ask Farah why Iranian art is so rich and creative. She explains that the period after the Mogul invasion Iran was full of harmony and beauty. She states that the Mongols destroyed her country, and after the destruction there was a cultural renaissance.             Iranian art is great because of its long tradition. Throughout history, Iranian society has always been very mixed. In the past, the region currently known as Iran controlled many parts of Asia and the Middle East, and incorporated many religions and cultures into its realm. All these cultures rubbed off on each other, with each culture interacting and exchanging ideas with one another. Historically Iran has had significant contact with the outside world, and therefore many ideas have flowed in as well as out of the region. Iran has for long also been a melting pot of traditions and customs, and this has enabled an extremely rich cultural and artistic heritage to develop.
  •             Farah’s work contains many themes, however her key theme is duality. Farah states that even before Islam, there was always conflict between good and evil, between right and wrong. Farah states that behind each one of her works is a story. Smiling, she says, “Beauty is just the face of the work, but behind the façade, there is an idea, and I try to give my opinion through the work.” Farah is also influenced by Persian architecture, which reflects the character of the country. She gives an example, “In Iran you see an old house with an old, damaged wall surrounding it, however if you go inside of those walls you see a beautiful garden, like paradise. There is this intense juxtaposition between the old wall and the beautiful garden.” She says that this is also like a person who is extremely humble, but on the inside, he is very knowledgeable and loving.
  • Farah’s beautiful works are unbelievably detailed. Her brush strokes are so thin and delicate that it is impossible not to stare at her work in awe. Her themes of love, violence, and duality are issues that mankind face today, just as they had in the times of the Persian miniatures. Farah’s work alludes to a period of cultural renaissance in Iran that reminds us of the country’s rich heritage. Farah’s work has been sold at Christie’s and she is one of the few Middle Eastern artists to have one of her pieces featured on the Met Museum’s website. She is a great Middle Eastern artist, who uses the region’s history, culture, and literature to produce beautiful pieces of art.
  • Museum Collection Pieces: Imam Ali Religious Arts Museum Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art Tropen Museum - Amsterdam, Netherlands Ludwig Museum - Koblenz, Germany Koran Museum - Tehran, Iran
  • Memberships: 2001 Society of Iranian Painters 2001 DENA group Awards: 1997 Prize at the "Ayeneh dar Ayeneh" Exhibition, Tehran 2000 Winner of Renowned Iranian Women's award, Tehran 2002 Iranian Women Artists award, Tehran 2002 Prize at the 2nd "Biennial of Islamic
  • Other professional activities: 2010 - Head of the jury of Visual art Festival ,Mellat Gallery Tehran Iran 2010 - Nominator of magic of persia 2009 - Jury And Member Of The Selection Committee Of The First International Fajr Festival Of Visual Arts - Tehran Museum Of Contemporary Art - Tehran, Iran 2008 - Nominator Of Magic Of Persia Contemporary Art Prize - London, England 2008 - Jury and Member of the selection committee of Iran Art Festival - Niavaran Cultural Center - Tehran, Iran
  • The late 1990s has witnessed a spurt of artistic activity, with many artists like Farah Ossouli (born 1953) working in Iran now. She has chosen the medium of Persian miniature painting as the point of departure for her art. In her paintings, Ossouli replaces the spaces for text with fields of color and manipulates the scale of the figures, many of which are women. She appropriates the language of miniature painting, yet re-presents it in a contemporary idiom. Ossouli says the following about her work: "Miniaturists say that being a contemporary miniaturist means being a magician, someone who can do incredible things, be rigorous, work five years on a painting, or be able to draw a line that is invisible. But I want to make visible that which is unsaid, and I take only a reasonable pain in creating my works. So, I am definitely not a miniaturist."
  • Farah Ossouli was born in 1953 in Zanjan. She studied graphic design at the University of Tehran and was a student of the well known miniature painter Mahmoud Farschian. She has always been interested in the works of Hafiz, and for the past four years she has been on a journey exploring the work of Hafiz.
  • Basin, early 14th century Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Farah Ossouli2

    1. 1. Ars poetica
    2. 2. Farah’s work contains many themes; howeverher key theme is duality. Farah states that evenbefore Islam, there was always conflict betweengood and evil, between right and wrong. Farahstates that behind each one of her works is astory. Smiling, she says, “Beauty is just the faceof the work, but behind the façade, there is anidea, and I try to give my opinion through thework.”Farah Ossouli s-a născut în anul 1953 în Zanjan.A urmat facultatea de Arte Plastice laUniversitatea din Teheran unde i-a fost elevăcunoscutului miniaturist Mahmoud Farschian.
    3. 3. The Sun’s fest
    4. 4. Vincent Reza and Me
    5. 5. Suffering
    6. 6. Mona Lisa
    7. 7. Selfportraits
    8. 8. MomentsGouache on cardboard 1989
    9. 9. Angel and Devil
    10. 10. JudithAngel of JusticeSalome
    11. 11. Flirtation
    12. 12. Guardian angelStudy
    13. 13. Khosrow and Shirin
    14. 14. Shirin and Farhad
    15. 15. NarcissusMirror
    16. 16. Prometheus in Chain
    17. 17. Mourners
    18. 18. Serenade
    19. 19. Woman and Grape
    20. 20. Simorgh
    21. 21. Put Your Gun Down
    22. 22. Iran Text & Pictures: Internet Copyright: All the images belong to their authors Arangement: Sanda Foişoreanu Farid Farjad - Sang e Khaara
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