One of the distinguishing aspects of my practice is to challenge observation and visual perception. Subject matters that I choose vary from contemporary issues to classical art. References to art history and the history of seeing are inseparable to my art. Yet, I do not put art history on a pedestal as references are not there to be praised or to give joy; they rather work against each other. Each of my works has a different subject matter as I do not make series. I mix painting and sculpture with mechanical machines that question the nature of painting and sometimes go against the nature of creation and even ruin it.


Born in 1983, Tehran, Iran.

Lives and Works there.

[email protected]


Solo Exhibitions:
_” Nazireh-koshi”, parallel circuit Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran.2021_“The Concealed over the Revealed”  (Visual Engineering in Persian Painting), Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, Iran.


_“The Esthete Against Aesthetics” , Curated by Michel Dewilde, De Bond, Brugge, Belgium.


_ Aaran Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran.

_ Aaran Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran.


Homa Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran.

_ Elaheh Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran.

_ Shabda Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran.

Selected Group Exhibitions:2017

– Invited Artist in the 7th Tehran National Sculpture Biennial, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, Iran.

“Possible Worlds”, Curated by Dr. Nicoletta Torcelli, c/o Waschhaus Gallery, Potsdam, Germany.


“Bosch in Brugge”, Brugge, Belgium.

– 10th Istanbul Art Fair, Istanbul, Turkey.

_“100 Painters of Tomorrow” , One Art Space, New York, United States. 

Selected artist included in the publication “100 Painters of Tomorrow” authored by Kurt Beers, Director of Beers London and published by Thames & Hudson in autumn 2014.

“Endless”, Mohsen Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran.
– Painting Exhibition, Homa Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran.

– The First Annual Painting & Sculpture Exhibition of Iranian Artists’ Forum, Tehran, Iran.
” Agony and Ecstasy”, Shirin Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran.
– Sa’adabad Palace – Museum of Fine Arts, Tehran, Iran.

_Annual Festival of Visual Arts – Niavaran Cultural Center, Tehran, Iran.

_The First Annual Design Exhibition, Culture Department of Karaj, Iran.

_Exhibition of the Artists’ Association of Painters, Laleh  Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran.

– Exhibition of the Artists’ Association of Painters, Momayez  Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran.
– Painting Exhibition , Art and Architecture Department, Azad University, Tehran, Iran.
– Annual Design, Barg Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran.

_Painting Exhibition, Niavaran Cultural Center, Tehran, Iran.Invited

parallel Circuit Art Gallery
3 November - 1 December 2023
A Solo Exhibition of Works by Shahryar Hatami

"The Concealed over the Revealed"
Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art
9 June - 22 December 2021
Curated by Shahryar Hatami

Commonly known as “miniature,” “negārgari” is a multilayered and mysterious art form. Within the Persian context, negārgari is more than often interpreted with reference to the “imaginal world”1 and the realm of divinity, and even when analyzed historically, the focus has been on the symbolic and mythological aspects of its imagery. The mystery, however, does not simply lie in what these paintings reveal, but in a particular language concealed by the images themselves. A worldly and temporal language through which Persian painters have long reflected their deep understanding of geometry, astronomy, and perspective—a language drawn not from the painters’ imagination or taste, but by means of their compasses, set squares, and rulers. Since the first royal library-atelier was established in Rab’-e Rashidi in Tabriz (8th century AH/ early14th century AD), until a while after Shah Tahmāsb’s famous repentance in 939 AH/1532 AD which led to the exclusion of painters from the royal atelier, for almost three hundred years, the Persian tradition of negārgari followed an identifiable, coherent, and integrated visual organization, or what may be called a visual grammar. To understand this particular “way of seeing” the current study follows medieval artists methodically and sympathetically through their working routines, in order to investigate the hidden geometry of their images. Hence, this is also an attempt to revive a remarkable visual methodology found in a particular cultural geography to which we here refer as “Iran,” but which, of course, does not coincide with national Iranian territory. One hundred and twenty illuminated manuscripts ranging over a three-hundred-years period have been studied here, beginning with Jāmi‘ al-Tawārikh (707 AH/1307 AD) and ending with the so-called Shāhnāme of Shāh Abbās (1006 AH/1597 AD).

"The 7th Tehran National Sculpture Biennial"

Shahryar Hatami, Invited Artist in the 7th Tehran National Sculpture Biennial, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, Iran. 2017

"100 Painters of Tomorrow"
Book Launch & Exhibition Nov 6 – Dec 6, 2014
One Art Space, NY
"Painting is enjoying a remarkable creative renaissance in the 21st century. Many of the world’s leading artists now work in this most enduring and seductive of media. ‘100 Painters of Tomorrow’ authored by Kurt Beers, Director of Beers London and published by Thames & Hudson, was the result of a major project undertaken in 2014 to find the 100 most exciting, up-and-coming painters at work today. This publication introduces and presents the work of a global cast of painters selected by an international panel featuring some of the most prominent names in contemporary art (including the painter Cecily Brown, curators Tony Godfrey, Yuko Hasegawa and Gregor Muir, and writer-critics Suzanne Hudson, Barry Schwabsky and Philip Tinari) offering an intelligent snapshot of the best new talent in painting from across the world, gathered through an open call for submission that drew over 4,300 entries. Their work spans an extraordinary range of styles and techniques, from abstraction to figuration, minimalism to magical realism, and straight oil-on-canvas to mixed-media and installation based painting. The book features high-quality reproductions of each artist’s work, plus short texts including biographical information and quotations from the artists themselves that provide personal insights into their thinking and practice. Complete with resources including a global listing of further artists to watch, this is the definitive book on the outstanding painters of the future."

The Concealed over the Revealed
(Visual Geometry in Persian Painting)

Author: Shahryar Hatami
Published by Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art
 Tehran, Iran,2021.