Amir Shalmani

Amir confronts his audience in a humorous way with the definitions and educational clichés of today's Iranian society and lampoons the vulgarism arising from masculine history and the traditional and repressive system of thought.



Born in Tehran, Amir Shalmani studied painting and illustration. Having grown up in a middle-class family, he takes a critical look at social classes and the contradictions of life in Iranian society in his paintings and illustrations, pointing to the interplay of Iranian tradition and modernism and its complexity.


Amir has also been the art director of the Afrand Gallery in Tehran since 2011, holding exhibitions on women's issues, popular repression, and social discrimination as well as environmental problems. As a curator, he chooses to exhibit works that redefine culture in relation to the needs and concerns of Iranian society, which prompts the audience to think about current issues.


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