Pooneh Oshidari /

Artistic practice

I am mostly concentrated on painting and drawing. “Time” is the essence of my recent works; both in terms of the conceptualization and in the development and presentation of these artworks. My professional career began in 2007 by participating in Iran's 7th Painting Biennial and holding my first solo exhibition at Honar Gallery in Tehran. During 7 years, my works were exhibited in 8 solo exhibitions in Tehran, Clermont Ferrand (France), Los Angeles and Kuwait. I participated in more than 70 group exhibitions. In 2013 my work was accepted to be shown at Tehran's Illustration Biennial and I also have worked on several books – from poetry to children's books as an illustrator. The viewpoint on my paintings was highly influenced by my background in graphic design. The content of my present works roots in 2011 when I started a journey on looking closer at some human emotions such as; loneliness, sorrow and fear. Along the road, references to the nature became more prominent in my works. The first project that influenced my works was a distant collaboration with Art Deco College students in Paris to illustrate topics related to culture as well as stories that took place in Tehran and Paris. My other important contribution was participation in Rybon International Artists’ Workshop 2012. In addition, over the past year, I had a more serious experience in farming and gardening which was positively inspiring in my work. The last important project I participate was the Kooshk Art residency program with Artistes en Residence in France.


1984 Born in Tehran, Iran

2010 MFA, Tehran University, (Illustration)

2006 BFA, Tehran University, (Graphic Design)

Member of Society of Iranian Painters

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2016, Artistes en Residence, as a one day show (open studio), Clermont-Ferrand, France

2016,  “painless series”, Homa Gallery, Tehran

2014,  “Waiting for Peace”,  FA Gallery, Kuwait

2014,  “Mother of The Earth series”,  Abra Gallery, Los Angeles

2012,  “Like Nobody series”, Atbin Gallery, Tehran

2011,  “Silence of the Others series”, Atbin Gallery, Tehran

2010,  Seyhoun Art Gallery, Tehran

2009,  Iranian Artists’ Forum, Tehran

And two more solo shows. 

Selected International group exhibitions:

2017, Brunel’s old station, Bristol Art Fair, Bristol

2017, Asia House/ “With My Roots”/ Artworks by thirty Iranian Contemporary Artists, London

2016, Mohsen Gallery/ Kooshk Residency open studio/ Tehran

2015, Satura Art Gallery, Genoa, Italy, “Time to Talk”                      

2015, ATO international convention and exhibition center, ART ANKARA, contemporary Art fair

2015, LA Convention Center, LA Art show, Los Angeles

2014, Cultural center of Iran embassy at Azerbaijan, “Iranian Illustrators at Norouz International Festival”, Baku

2014, New York, Tallybeck Contemporarery Gally, Animating the Word: The Legacy of Iran’s Minority Calligraphic Traditions

2014, LA Convention Center, LA Art show, Los Angeles

2013, Abra Gallery, Los Angeles

2013, Abra Gallery, Los Angeles

2013, Saba Art Center, The Sixth Tehran Illustration biennale, Tehran

2012, Tour and Taxis Art Center, Un exposed, 40 young Iranian woman artists, Brussels, Athen, Warsaw 

2012, Mohsen Gallery, Participate in Rybon international artists workshop, Tehran

2011, Art Deco, Paris, Illustration exhibition

Selected group exhibitions in Iran:

2017, The Four Gallery, “Midnight Dream”, Tehran

2017, Golestan Gallery, “100 Artists, 100 Artworks”, Tehran

2017, Bon Art Gallery, “Impossible Words”, Tehran

2017, Fereshteh Art Gallery, “The Hole”, Tehran

2017, Iran Artists’ Forum, “The Rooster”, Tehran

2017, Daheshpour Art Gallery,” Art on Ostrich egg”, to help Behnam Daheshpour Cancer  charity organization , Tehran

2017, Shirin Gallery,” The sun of eternity”, for Houman charity organization, to help Artists with Cancer, Tehran

2017, Aaran Gallery,” A Few Credible Stories”, Tehran

2016, Sales Gallery, 30 Vision of Kiarostami,Tehran

2016, Negar Gallery, “Flower”,Tehran

2016, Shirin Gallery, Identity,Tehran

2016, Vista Gallery/ Tehran

2016, Saye Art Gallery, “The Museum of Stolen Objects”, Tehran

2016, Niavaran Art Gallery, “Persbook biennale” / Tehran

2015, Daheshpoor Art Gallery, for charity / Tehran

2015, Azad Art Gallery, “Firefly”, for charity / Tehran

2015, Fereshte Art Gallery/ Tehran

2015, Igreg Gallery, “The World Viewed”, Tehran

2015, Shirin Gallery, “The World Champion”, Tehran

2015, Saye Art Gallery, “Common Sense”, Tehran

2015, Igreg Gallery, “The World Viewed 4th

2014, Atbin Gallery, Few Scenes from Paradise, Tehran 

2014, Hena Gallery, Like breeze on Trees, Tehran

2014, Niavaran Gallery, Haft Negah, Tehran 

2014, Iran Artists’ Forum, Secret garden, Tehran 

2014, Aria Gallery, Small Paintings, Tehran

2014, Mehrva Gallery, Iranian Romances, Tehran

2013, Etemad Gallery, History Game, Tehran

2013, Saba Art Center, The Sixth Tehran Illustration Biennale, Tehran

2013, Niavaran Art Center, Haft Negah Annual, Tehran

2013, Ghasr Museum Gallery, Hiroshima Memorial, Tehran

2013, Igreg Gallery,Tehran

2013, Elaheh Gallery, the End of Brussels Exhibition, Tehran

2013, Art Center, Selection of 3 generations of art, Tehran

2013, Aria Gallery, Small Paintings

2013, Iran Artists’ Forum, 104 Windows

2013, Atbin Gallery

2012, Mohsen Gallery, Participate in Rybon international artists workshop, Tehran

2012, Niavaran Cultural Place, Contemporary work of art by Iranian artists (for Behnam Daheshpour charity organization)

2012, Iran Artists’ Forum, Tehran

2012, Saba Art Center, Members of Society of Iranian Painters

2012, Aria Gallery

2012, Atbin Gallery

2011, Elaheh Gallery

2011, Barg Gallery, Art Expo of Society of Iranian Painters

2011, Mellat Art Gallery, (festival of Youth Art)

2010, Iran Artists’ Forum, Tehran

2010, Vali Art Gallery, (First visual art festival of Youth Art)

2009, Homa Gallery,Tehran

And 40 more group exhibitions

* I have also been working as an illustrator since 2005 with a lot of publications such as; Kanoonparvaresh, Kids of Sea, Roshd magazine, Keyhanbacheha, Chekeh publication, Shahr publication, Soroude Mehr publication, Ghoo publication, Madreseh publication, Hamshahri magazine, Soroush children Magazine and book publication, Amordad magazine, Tehran Zoroastrian Organization, Ayandegan publication and …

* Teaching Illustration and Drawing as a professor at University of applied science and technology/ Art and Cultural branch

* Teaching Illustration, Painting, and Drawing as a teacher at institutes such as; Karestan, Zoroastrian culture and art home, and Khoraminejad.

Other Prosperities:

Research paper in Relevant pictures to the Persian Myth of Creation, for the final lecture, University of Tehran

Illustrate a series of works for Persian Myth of Creation based on Zoroastian stories

Research paper in Similarities between pictures of "Mother and Child" in "Ghajar period in Iran" and "Renaissance period in Europe"

Research paper in influence of Monalisa portrait on "Ghajar paintings of women portraits"

Holding free workshops in privet institutes for my talented students

Holding some art projects by teaching painting to Street Children (Work Children) of Tehran and collecting their paintings for a charity exhibition

Participating in several charity group exhibitions to collect financial aid for charitable institutions such as, Mahak Cancer hospital, Daheshpour Cancer care center, Mehre_Taha Center of orphan girls, and Houman institute.

Winner of Tehran Beautification Festival of Norouz

Art consultant at Amordad Magazine

Part time Art consultant at Markaz Publication

Art consultant at Zoroasrian Society of Tehran