St. Helena
Recent Works
January 2021

Alireza Varzandeh portrays subjects in physical and emotional motion. With blurred faces, their identities are mysterious, yet each figure’s posture and form suggests a unique personality and history. Scenes of youth, summer, and vacation come alive on his canvases—themes of blossoming and vitality that carry into his floral still-lifes, which radiate the saturated colors of flowers at their height. Light infuses his palette, channeling the fresh atmosphere of the beaches, parks and cafés where he observes his figures with a playful but documentarian eye. Meanwhile, his outsized, expressive brushwork seems to gather as much life as possible into every stroke.

SELECTED ARTWORKS

 
 

BIOGRAPHY

Alireza Varzandeh portrays subjects in physical and emotional motion. With blurred faces, their identities are mysterious, yet each figure’s posture and form suggests a unique personality and history. Scenes of youth, summer, and vacation come alive on his canvases—themes of blossoming and vitality that carry into his floral still-lifes, which radiate the saturated colors of flowers at their height. Light infuses his palette, channeling the fresh atmosphere of the beaches, parks and cafés where he observes his figures with a playful but documentarian eye. Meanwhile, his outsized, expressive brushwork seems to gather as much life as possible into every stroke.

Varzandeh records the world as he sees it. While his work today is optimistic, even romantic, he was repeatedly detained in 1970s Iran for this same tendency, when as a young artist he depicted what he saw as violence in the streets. He arrived in Germany in 1987 as a political refugee and has lived and worked in the country ever since, along with several years spent in New York. “I see myself as a painter, as a craftsman,” he has said—meaning that for him, primary concerns are light and shadow, composition, and gesture. Impressionism, abstraction, and photography converge in his work and process, which often begins with taking photos of daily life and altering the image as he develops a scene. 

Born in Shiraz in 1963 and currently based in Spain, Varzandeh studied illustration and design at the University of Tehran as well as Persian ceramics and traditional printmaking techniques, and later received a master’s degree in Graphic Arts and Fine Painting at the College of Art and Design in Cologne. His many exhibitions in Germany and beyond include the Knut Osper Project Room in Cologne, the City Museum in Siegburg, and the Museum of Modern Art in Tehran.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019        Art Market San Francisco, Caldwell Snyder Gallery

                Recent Works, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco

2018        Art Karsruhe, Gallery Barbara von Stechow, Frankfurt,     Germany

    Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA

    Art of Obsession Gallery, Bergen am See, Netherlands

    Gallery Kunstblick, Balingen, Germany

    Kunsthaus Fischer, Stuttgart, Germany

2017        Art Karsruhe, Gallery Barbara von Stechow, Frankfurt,     Germany

    Art Karlsruhe, Gallery Kampl, Munich, Germany.

    Gallery Beate Berndt, Augsburg, Germany.

    CA’n Castel, Mallorca, Spain.

    Gallery Kampl, Munich, Germany. 

2016        Art Karlsruhe, Gallery Barbara von Stechow, Frankfurt,     Germany.

    Gallery Art Look, Balingen, Germany. 

    Kunsthaus Fischer, Stuttgart, Germany.

    Gallery Barbara von Stechow, Frankfurt, Germany.

2015     Castle Known, Wilhelmshaven, Germany.

    Art Karsruhe, Gallery Barbara von Stechow, Frankfurt,     Germany.

2014    Art Karlsruhe, project space Knut Osper, Germany. 

    Gallery Barbara von Stechow, Frankfurt, Germany. 

    Cultural Center, Bad Homburg, Germany. 

    Gallery Kampl, Munich, Germany. 

2013    Art Karlsruhe, project space Knut Osper, Germany. 

    Project room Knut Osper, Germany. 

2012    Art Karlsruhe, Gallery Kampl, Germany. 

    Gallery Michael Nolte Münster, Germany. 

2011    Project room Knut Osper, Germany. 

2010    Gallery Dagmar Schmidla, Cologne, Germany. 

    Gallery Kampl, Munich, Germany. 

    Gallery Dagmar Schmidla, Cologne, Germany. 

2008    Gallery Joy of Peace, Cologne, Germany. 

2007    Gallery Josef Nisters, Speyer, Germany. 

2004    Gallery Josef Nisters, Speyer, Germany.

2003    Gallery Josef Nisters, Speyer, Germany.

 

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019        Art Palm Springs, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Palm Springs, CA

2018        35th Anniversary Show, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San 

                Francisco

2018        Art Market Hamptons, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, NY, NY

2018        LA Art Show, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 

2018        Art Market San Francisco, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, SF, CA.

2019         Art Palm Springs, Caldwell Snyder Gallery

2017        Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena

    Type Obssession, Bergen, Netherlands

    Art Zurich, Gallery Barbara von Stechow, Frankfurt, Germany 

    Art Miami, Gallery Barbara von Stechow, NY. 

    Reitz Gallery, Cologne, Germany. 

2016    Art Karlsruhe, Gallery Kampl, Munich, Germany. 

    Art Essences XIII, Friedmann tap Gallery, Berlin, Germany. 

    Art New York 2016, Gallery Barbara von Stechow, NY. 

    Strasbourg Art 16, Gallery Stefano Forni, Milan, Italy. 

2015    Art Fair Cologne, Gallery Barbara von Stechow, Germany. 

    Art 15 Zurich,  Gallery Barbara von Stechow, Switzerland.

 

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