Moslem Khezri’s (b. 1984, Iran) rather restrained color palette in his representational paintings and monotone drawings of scenes of school students within the familiar architecture of classrooms and courtyards evoke childhood memories, nostalgia and, on a broader level, point to the inherent power structure governing different stages and aspects of our social existence.
The figures seem to populate the scene like actors both in groups and as individuals, mostly viewed from a distance, while the artist chooses to offer a more intimate portrait of certain characters here and there. The principal role, however, is played by light; natural light from the sky or coming in through the windows that defines spaces and brings volume and expression to the figures.
Born on April 9, 1984, Kerman, Iran.
2008 BA in painting, University of Sistan and Baluchestan, Zahedan. 2011 MA in painting, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran.
2017-2018 Lecturer, Soore University, Tehran 2011-2015 Lecturer, Semnan University, Semnan
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2015 A Cursory Induction, 26 Gallery, Tehran 2006 Solo exhibition, Bootia Gallery, Kerman
Selected Group Exhibitions
2019 Art Feast 7: Figurative, Iranian Artists Forum, Tehran 2018 Drawing as Living: Selected by Amir Soqrati, Iranian Artists Forum, Tehran 2017 Group exhibition, Iranian Cultural Center in Paris, Paris, France 2016 Group exhibition, Gallery 26, Tehran 2015 Group exhibition selected by Aydin Khankeshipour, No. 6 Gallery, Tehran 2013 Three Galleries, Three Shows, Art Center Gallery, Tehran 2012 Group exhibition by Iran Painters Association, Saba Art Gallery, Tehran
2018 Writing and compilation of the book entitled “Naghashan-e Figurativ-e Iran ” [Figurative Painters of Iran], Nazar Publication, Tehran 2016 Cooperation and writing articles for the book entitled “Dar Jost-o Juy-e Zaman-e No” [In Search Of A New Era], compiled by Iman Afsarian, Herfeh Honarmand Publishing House, Tehran 2016 (up to present) Editor of the visual arts section of Shiveh Bimonthly 2010 (up to present) Cooperation with Herfeh Honarmand Magazine
Moslem Khezri (b. 1984, Iran) has always explored the human face and figure in various states, under various lights and in different spaces.
Looking at his previous drawings and paintings, one can trace his layered efforts first to master the human anatomy as a structure made of flesh and skin and bones (by depicting nearly naked, sometimes lifesized bodies), then to reflect different moods and emotions on their skins (by shedding strong chromatic lights onto bodies and faces) and, ultimately, to explore the interaction among humans and between humans and their real or imagined surrounding spaces; spaces that are often so cold and claustrophobic that the viewer might associate them with the inside of a coffin or a morgue. Khezri’s works are also playfields for contrasting warmer and cooler tones, a strong visual language of vertical versus horizontal in often static, lying positions of the figures, as well as the tension between organic body forms, straight lines and mostly rectilinear geometric shapes.