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Reza Derakshani / Saint Paul de Vence / Podgorny Robinson

Painter, musician and performance artist Reza Derakshani was born in Sangsar, in the northeast of Iran. He grew up in a great black tent on the top of a mountain, among horses and fields of blue and yellow wild flowers. Reza moved from the study of constellations of light made by moonlight shining through tiny holes in the tent to the study of mathematics in high school, and visual arts in Tehran and the U.S. 

The long and circuitous road of Derakshani’s artistic and geographic migration eventually found him in New York City, where he made a home and worked for sixteen years. He later moved to Italy, eventually returning to Tehran for seven years before leaving his troubled homeland once again in 2010.

His first solo show at the age of nineteen was held at the renowned Ghandriz Art Gallery in Tehran. Following this auspicious debut, he participated in many group and solo exhibits at other leading art galleries. His work has been widely exhibited and collected internationally.   

Derakshani’s passion for beauty and his nuanced perception of the light and dark of the world has found expression in many different forms, from music, graphic design, book illustration, film animation and calligraphy to studies in traditional and western classical visual arts.  Yet it is within contemporary painting that he has experienced true liberation and fulfillment as an artist.  The challenging techniques, innovation and mental stimulation inherent to contemporary art have led him to create a meditative solitude that results in pure freedom of self-expression. Reza’s work, known for its diversity and originality, has gained recognition for its fearless exploration of form and style, and the skill and vision necessary to merge an unbending tradition with a wild contemporary spirit.

A vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, composer and performer, Derakshani does not limit his musical journey to giving concerts, but joins his music with his visual art. Reza’s music serves as a compliment to his art at many of his openings, in the form of performance that calls to mind painting with sounds.

Reza Derakshani is known both in the Middle East and in the West as one of the most significant contemporary Iranian artists. His work features in many public art collections including The British Museum, London; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art; The Russian Museum in St Petersburg, Russia and the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Germany. In addition, the artist has been the subject of two solo exhibitions in 2016 at The State Russian Museum in St Petersburg, Russia and at the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Germany. Derakshani also performed as a musician in numerous museums and festivals such as the Brooklyn Museum and the Montreux Jazz Festival among others. He currently lives and works in Istanbul, Turkey.

Works Available:



British Museum, London, UK

Metropolitan Museum, New York, USA

Russian Museum, St Petersburg, Russia

Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Germany

Contemporary Museum of Art, Tehran, Iran

Passargad Museum, Tehran Iran



Pasadena School of Art, USA


University of Tehran, Iran



Reza Derakshani, Podgorny Robinson Gallery, Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France

Reza Derakshani. Black Water, Setareh Gallery, Düsseldorf, Germany

Birth of a Collection 1 : Reza Derakshani, 28 Fine Arts, Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Retrospective, The Russian Museum, St Petersburg, Russia

Reza Derakshani, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Germany

Reza Derakshani: The Breeze at Dawn, Sophia Contemporary Gallery, London, UK


Reza Derakshani, Opera Gallery, Seoul, South Korea


Reza Derakshani: Retrospective, The Salsali Private Museum, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

My Wicked Persian Carpet, Taymour Grahne Gallery, New York, USA

Reza Derakshani, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, London, UK


Reza Derakshani: Everyday & Every Night, Kashya Hildebrand Gallery, Zurich,


Reza Derakshani: Black Sand Paintings, Leila Heller Gallery, New York, USA

Reza Derakshani, The Armory Show, Leila Heller Gallery and Jamm Art, New York,



Galerie Janine Rubeiz, Beorut, Lebanon

Circus of Life, Dar Al Funoon Gallery and JAMM Art, Kuwait City, Kuwait


Reza Derakshani, Osborne Samuel Gallery, London, UK


Reza Derakshani, Leila Heller Gallery, New York, USA

Circus of Life, AB Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland


Reza Derakshani, Leila Heller gallery, New York, USA

Beyond the Darkness, Khak Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran


Reza Derakshani, XVA Gallery, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Reza Derakshani - Exhibition, Seyhoun Gallery, Los Angeles, USA


Assar Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran


Reza Derakshani, Niavaran Palace Cultural Centre, Tehran, Iran

Caterina Pazzi Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Rome, Italy


Retrospective, House of Artists, Tehran, Iran


Galleria il Punto di Svolta, Rome, Italy

Tarrahan Azad Gallery, Tehran, Iran


Lawson Gallery, Seattle, USA


Nour Foundation Gallery, New York, USA


Seyhoun Gallery, Tehran, Iran


Ghandriz Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran




In the light of spring, Podgorny Robinson Gallery, Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France

Podgorny Robinson Gallery at Art Paris 2018, Paris, France


Voyage à Travers l’Iran, Foundation Behnam Bakhtiar, Monaco


Shattered Mirror, Shattered Music, Metropolitan Museum, New York, USA


Renoir to Damien Hirst, Seoul Art Center, Seoul, South Korea

Heavenly Paradise, AB gallery, Vienna, Austria

Art of Iran, Opera Gallery, Dubai, United Arab Emirates


The Rule and its Exception, Debora Colton Gallery, Houston, USA


Show Off!, The Salsali Private Museum, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Mah Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran


Hope!, Palais des Arts et Festivals, Dinard, France

Made in Iran, Opera Gallery, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Tehran-New York, Leila Heller Gallery, New York, USA


Iran Inside Out, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, USA

L’Iran sans frontières, Galerie Almine Rech Gallery, Paris, France

Routes II, Waterhouse and Dodd, London, UK

Khosrow and Shirin Series, Dar Al Funoon Gallery, Kuwait City, Kuwait


The Colour of Love, Farhangsara Cultural Centre, Tehran, Iran

Just Paper, Leila Heller Gallery, New York, USA

Hope, Focus Art Gallery, Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Mah Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran


Gardens of Iran, Ancient Wisdom – New Vision, Museum of Contemporary Art,

Tehran, Iran


6th Tehran Contemporary Painting Biennale, Museum of Contemporary Art,


Assie Mennegini Gallery, Rome, Italy


Montclair State University, Montclair, USA


Anzio City Hall, Anzio, Italy


Lorry Dunn’s Gallery, Long Beach, USA


Thumb Gallery, London, UK


Tehran University Gallery, Tehran, Iran

Mehr Gallery, Tehran, Iran



Collection of Leon Black, New York, USA

Collection of Sam Bardaouil, New York, USA

Collection of Mohammed Afkhami, New York, USA

Collection of Saeb Eigner, London, UK

Collection of Sting and Trudie Styler, London, UK

Collection of Athena Andreadis, London, UK

Collection of Maryam Eisler, London, UK

Collection of Marjaneh Halati, London, UK

Collection of Vladimir Tsarenkov, London, UK

Collection of Manijeh Khazaneh, USA

Collection of Roshanak Varasteh, Paris, France

Weng Fine Art Collection, Germany

Collection of Mr and Mrs Lancillotti, Italy

Collection of Roger Federer, Zurich, Switzerland

Collection of Bruno Thomas Sinniger, Liechtenstein

Collection of The Royal Family of Abu-Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Collection of Sheikh Zayed Ben Soltan ben Nahyan, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Farjam Collection, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Salsali Collection at Salsali Private Museum, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Collection of Mr and Mrs Harandi, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Collection of Sheikha Paola Al-Sabah, Kuwait

Collection of Fereydoun Ave, Tehran, Iran

Collection of Goli Samii, Tehran, Iran

Collection of Mr and Mrs Hatam, Tehran, Iran


Reza Derakshani. Selected Works, Preface by Sussan Babaie and Roxana Zand (Patrick Cramer Publisher, Geneva, Switzerland, 2010

And Diverse are their Hues, edited by Jonathon Bloom and Sheila Blair, Yale University Press New Haven, USA, 2012

Saeb Eigner, Art of the Middle East: Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World and Iran, Merrell, London, UK 2010

Hamid Keshmirshekan, Contemporary Iranian Art: New Perspectives, Saqi, London, UK, 2013

Silence of the Night, Essay by Negar Azimi, Leila Heller, New York, USA, 2012

My Wicked Persian Carpet, Essay by Scott Indrisek, Taymour Grahne, New York, USA, 2013

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