Ramin Haerizadeh

Ramin Haerizadeh

Ramin Haerizadeh

„I knew I was treating or perhaps mistreating the porcelain like it had never been treated before, and I was uncertain whether the material would withstand my hacking upon firing.“

Ramin Haerizadeh, born in the Iranian capital Teheran in 1975, lives and works in exile in Dubai and is with his brother Rokneddin one of the internationally most celebrated shooting stars amongst painters from the Middle East – except in Iran itself.

They were born in Iran in a period of great upheaval culminating in revolution and the takeover of power by Ayatollah Khomeini. The drastic changes in their homeland and the consequences these have had for day-to-day life have left a lasting impression on Rokneddin and Ramin. At the same time, however, they also bear the imprint of thousands of years of Persian culture within them.

Rokneddin, who already began painting as a child and was taught by the celebrated Iranian artist Ahmad Amin Nazar from an early age, draws on figures and elements from classical Persian poetry in much of his work, fusing them with scenes from current events. His expressive works are imbued with many layers of meaning. They appear to be relating a happy tale but, in fact, subtly take a stand against infringements of freedom and the law, against hypocrisy and bigotry.