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Alireza Varzandeh

Cologne-based painter Alireza Varzandeh paints scenes of everyday life in a masterful marriage of abstraction and figuration. 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

2023  Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Montecito and St. Helena, CA

2022  Art Karlsruhe, One artist show, Galerie Barbara von Stechow

           Galerie Cyprian Brenner

2021  Art Karlsruhe, one artist show, Barbara von Stechow Gallery

2020  Gallery Cyprian Brenner, Schwäbisch Hall

            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

The Italian

The Italian

Oil on Canvas

37 x 47 inches

23381

Grosetto | SOLD

Grosetto | SOLD

Oil on Canvas

47 x 37 inches

23380

Girl Walking Dog | SOLD

Girl Walking Dog | SOLD

Oil on Canvas

51 x 67 inches

23332

Dusche (Shower) | SOLD

Dusche (Shower) | SOLD

Oil on Canvas

67 x 90 inches

23331

Friends | SOLD

Friends | SOLD

Oil on Canvas

43 x 55 inches

23277

En el Rio

En el Rio

Oil on Canvas

43 x 55 inches

23276

Beach Shadow

Beach Shadow

Oil on Canvas

83 x 118 inches

23275

Airport (Kopenhagen)

Airport (Kopenhagen)

Oil on Canvas

56 x 56 inches

23274

Spring

Spring

Oil on Canvas

67 x 51 inches

23273

Am Rhein

Am Rhein

Oil on Canvas

37 x 47 inches

23272

Strassencafe

Strassencafe

Oil on Canvas

55 x 55 inches

220369

The Call

The Call

Oil on Canvas

71 x 91 inches

210705

They are Here (Diptych)

They are Here (Diptych)

Oil on Canvas

38 x 94 inches

210451

Shower II

Shower II

Oil on Canvas

22 x 28 inches

210328

Summer Rain II  | SOLD

Summer Rain II | SOLD

Oil on Canvas

71 x 91 inches

210135

Spielplatz

Spielplatz

Oil on Canvas

55 x 43 inches

200427

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

Die Buhne (Ehren Str)

Die Buhne (Ehren Str)

Oil on Canvas

51 x 67 inches

190113

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

2023  Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Montecito and St. Helena, CA

2022  Art Karlsruhe, One artist show, Galerie Barbara von Stechow

           Galerie Cyprian Brenner

2021  Art Karlsruhe, one artist show, Barbara von Stechow Gallery

2020  Gallery Cyprian Brenner, Schwäbisch Hall

            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.

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
Biography

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Cologne-based painter Alireza Varzandeh paints scenes of everyday life in a masterful marriage of abstraction and figuration. 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.

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.

Cologne-based painter Alireza Varzandeh paints scenes of everyday life in a masterful marriage of abstraction and figuration. 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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