Born 1971, Tehran, Iran
Pooya Aryanpour received his diploma from the Plastic Arts School, Tehran, in 1993, and went on to study at Azad University in Tehran where he graduated with a BA and MA in painting in 1997 and 1999. He has held seven solo exhibitions to date at Aun Gallery, Tehran, 2009; Niavaran Cultural Center, Tehran, 2007; Cerindipity Gallery, Stockholm, 2004; Golestan Gallery, Tehran, 2003; and Barg Gallery, Tehran, 1994, 1997, and 2000. Aryanpour has also participated in numerous group exhibitions in Iran, Turkey, Kuwait, UAE, China, Switzerland, France, UK and US.
Aryanpour first started painting 'as a means of escaping the mundane academic atmosphere of the educational system.' His work is defined by the use of abstract forms inspired by the rhythmic fluidity of calligraphy, executed in opaque and translucent white and set against darker shades of red and black. His more recent work explores the rotation of fluid circular forms which taper off into sharp edged points, what the artists describes as 'cutting objects.' According to Aryanpour, he begins each of his paintings 'with a sound' and knows 'a work is complete when it finds its own life, at which point I prefer to conceal the intentions behind my interpretations and allow viewers to analyse my paintings and draw their own conclusions.'