Alireza Varzandeh

July 15 - August 10, 2021

St. Helena

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.

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

2020  Recent Works, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA

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.

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Selected Artworks

Port

Port

Oil on Canvas

37 x 47 inches

210352

Arena

Arena

Oil on Canvas

51 x 67 inches

210329

Shower II

Shower II

Oil on Canvas

22 x 28 inches

210328

Rose Arrangements

Rose Arrangements

Oil on Canvas

71 x 91 inches

210326

Playground

Playground

Oil on Canvas

42 x 55 inches

210324

On the River

On the River

Oil on Canvas

43 x 55 inches

210323

Sunday

Sunday

Oil on Canvas

55 x 43 inches

210321

Action

Action

Oil on Canvas

71 x 91 inches

210320

Untitled

Untitled

Oil on Canvas

71 x 91 inches

210136

Summer Rain II

Summer Rain II

Oil on Canvas

71 x 91 inches

210135

Wine & Olives

Wine & Olives

Oil on Canvas

71 x 91 inches

200428

Spielplatz

Spielplatz

Oil on Canvas

55 x 43 inches

200427

Die Verletzung | SOLD

Die Verletzung | SOLD

Oil on Canvas

55 x 43 inches

200424

Die Buhne XI

Die Buhne XI

Oil on Canvas

28 x 22 inches

200423

Die Buhne X

Die Buhne X

Oil on Canvas

28 x 22 inches

200422

O.T. 599

O.T. 599

Oil on Canvas

83 x 118 inches

190203

Summer Rain

Summer Rain

Oil on Canvas

55 x 43 inches

190202

Am Rhein II

Am Rhein II

Oil on Canvas

28 x 22 inches

190134

Am Rhein I

Am Rhein I

Oil on Canvas

22 x 28 inches

190133

Die Buhne (Ehren Str)

Die Buhne (Ehren Str)

Oil on Canvas

51 x 67 inches

190113

O.T. 576

O.T. 576

Oil on Canvas

43 x 55 inches

180216

Herb St.

Herb St.

Oil on Canvas

51 x 67 inches

180214

Bahnsteig

Bahnsteig

Oil on Canvas

43 x 55 inches

170499

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

2020  Recent Works, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA

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.

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.

Alireza Varzandeh

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Alireza Varzandeh

July 15 - August 10, 2021

St. Helena

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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