Alireza Varzandeh

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.

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Biography

Cologne-based painter 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, 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.

Born
1963 Shiraz, Perisa, Iran.

Education
1992 Masters Degree in fine graphics and outdoor painting at the
University of Applied Sciences for Art and Design.
1981-5 Design studies at the University of Tehran, Iran.

Selected Solo Exhibitions
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.
2001 Gallery Peter Tedden, Düsseldorf, Germany.
Baker & Mc Kenzie, Frankfurt, Germany.
2000 Baker & Mc Kenzie, Frankfurt, Germany.
1999 Gallery Incontro, Eitorf, Germany.
1996 Basement Gallery Siegburg, Germany.
Gallery Seidel, Cologne, Germany.
1993 City Museum Siegburg, Germany.
1989 Brandt Gallery, Cologne, Germany.
1987 Bridge Gate Gallery, Traben-Trarbach, Germany.

Selected Group Exhibitions
2017 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, SF
Art Karlsruhe, Kunsthaus Fischer, Stuttgart, Germany.
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.
Stransbourg type 15, Gallery Stefano Foni, Milan, Italy.
Art Karlsruhe, Gallery Kampl, Munich, Germany.
Gallery Art Look, Balingen, Germany.
2014 Art Karlsruhe, Gallery Barbara von Stechow and Gallery Kampl, Germany.
Gallery Barbara von Stechow, Germany.
Art 13 Zurich, Gallery Barbara von Stechow, Germany Art Fair Cologne, Gallery Barbara von Stechow, Germany.
2013 Project room Knut Osper, Cologne, Germany.
Fair Wiesbaden, Gallery Barbara von Stechow

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Selected Artworks

Born
1963 Shiraz, Perisa, Iran.

Education
1992 Masters Degree in fine graphics and outdoor painting at the
University of Applied Sciences for Art and Design.
1981-5 Design studies at the University of Tehran, Iran.

Selected Solo Exhibitions
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.
2001 Gallery Peter Tedden, Düsseldorf, Germany.
Baker & Mc Kenzie, Frankfurt, Germany.
2000 Baker & Mc Kenzie, Frankfurt, Germany.
1999 Gallery Incontro, Eitorf, Germany.
1996 Basement Gallery Siegburg, Germany.
Gallery Seidel, Cologne, Germany.
1993 City Museum Siegburg, Germany.
1989 Brandt Gallery, Cologne, Germany.
1987 Bridge Gate Gallery, Traben-Trarbach, Germany.

Selected Group Exhibitions
2017 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, SF
Art Karlsruhe, Kunsthaus Fischer, Stuttgart, Germany.
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.
Stransbourg type 15, Gallery Stefano Foni, Milan, Italy.
Art Karlsruhe, Gallery Kampl, Munich, Germany.
Gallery Art Look, Balingen, Germany.
2014 Art Karlsruhe, Gallery Barbara von Stechow and Gallery Kampl, Germany.
Gallery Barbara von Stechow, Germany.
Art 13 Zurich, Gallery Barbara von Stechow, Germany Art Fair Cologne, Gallery Barbara von Stechow, Germany.
2013 Project room Knut Osper, Cologne, Germany.
Fair Wiesbaden, Gallery Barbara von Stechow

Biography

Cologne-based painter 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, 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.