Biography


Born in Tehran, Marjan Nemati seeks to engage the collective memory of her audience through her practice, which includes painting, drawing, printmaking and illustration. She tends to revive the sense of belonging to a unified history through iconic and common architecture in Tehran and raises awareness of the constant demolishing of history and division of generations happening in contemporary times. Her unique technique of scraped textured surfaces and high contrast blacks accentuates the expressionist influences in her artworks.

Nemati was selected as the MOP Foundation artist in residence at London’s Parasol unit foundation for contemporary arts in 2015, she was also one of the selectees for The Sixth Montakhabe nasl no (The Elected of the New Generation) Annual Competition in 2012.

Nemati received her BA degree in painting from Islamic Azad University in 2004. Subsequently, she completed her MA degree in Illustration at the University of Tehran in 2007. Her final thesis, titled Comic Books, was later published by Nazar publications in 2014 with an introduction by award-winning artist Farshid Mesghali.

She has been a permanent member of the Society of Iranian Painters since 2004 and an honorary member of Institute for Promotion of Contemporary Arts since 2013.

Her artworks have widely been exhibited at both Iran’s most prestigious venues as well as numerous galleries around the world such as Los Angeles, USA; Lyon, France; Berlin, Germany; China and the Middle East.

She currently lives and works in Tehran.

CV


MEMBERSHIP
2013 to present Honorary Member of Institute for Promotion of Contemporary Arts
2004 to present Permanent Member of Society of Iranian Painters (SIP)
   
EDUCATION  
2004 - 2007 MFA in Illustration, University of  Tehran, Faculty of Fine Arts.
1999 - 2004 BFA in Painting, Azad University of Art & Architecture
   
RESIDENCIES
2015 MOP Foundation (Magic of Persia)/ Parasol unit foundation for contemporary arts Research Residency, London, UK.
Artist Talk, Parasol unit foundation for contemporary arts, London, UK, August 5th.
   
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2017 Memorabilia, Painting Exhibition, Golestan Art Gallery, Tehran.
2014 What was, what is, Painting Exhibition, Golestan Art Gallery, Tehran.
2010 Painting Exhibition, Golestan Art Gallery, Tehran.
2003 Reflections, Painting Exhibition, Banafsheh Art Gallery, Tehran.
   
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2020 First Hello Then Persistence, group exhibition, Sheydaei Gallery, Tehran.
Twilight [Gorg o Mish] group exhibition curated by Babak Analo, Niavaran Cultural Center, Tehran.
From Tehran with Love exhibition and auction of contemporary Iranian art by MOP Foundation, curator: Leyla Fakhr, Los Angeles, USA.
 
2019 Lalehzar, Keneth Crossroads Exhibition, curator: Abbas Ketabi, Idea Gallery,  Tehran.
Nature-Architecture Group Exhibition, Arthibition Gallery, Tehan, Iran.
Absent Presense Group Exhibition, Saye Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran.
 
2017 Pulsation, Iranian Group Exhibition, (curated by Mohsen Mohammadzadeh & Yeganeh Soltani), organized by Nidra art, Artem Galleries, Los Angeles, USA.
The tenth Greatest Art Show of the Year (Haftnegah), Niavaran Cultural Center, Tehran.
The Other Side Group Painting Exhibition, Bon Art Gallery, Tehran.
 
2016 The Ninth Greatest Art Show of the Year (Haftnegah), Niavaran Cultural Center, Tehran.
Magic of Persia Contemporary Iranian Art Group Exhibition and Auction,Sotheby’s, Los Angeles.
Participant in The First Research Expo Members under 40 of Society of Iranian Painters, Iranian Artists Forum, Tehran.
Participant in Raad Charity’s Third Visual Arts Auction, Raad Rehabilitation Complex, Tehran.
 
2015 The Eighth Greatest Art Show of the Year (Haftnegah), Niavaran Cultural Center, Tehran.
 
2014 The Seventh Greatest Art Show of the Year (Haftnegah), Niavaran Cultural Center, Tehran.
Down And Out in the City: Visual Arts Exhibition (curated by Hormoz Hemmatian), Dastan Art Gallery, Tehran.
Close Vision: Body painting exhibition (curated by Ali Nassir), Gondwana Art Gallery, Berlin, Germany.
 
2013 The Seventh Greatest Art Show of the Year (Haftnegah), Niavaran Cultural Center, Tehran.
Shemage exhibition (curated by Shahrooz Nazari), Homa Art Gallery, Tehran.
 
2012 Participant in Action, Expression, Creativity Exhibition, Mah-e Mehr gallery, Tehran.
Participant in The Sixth Montakhabe Nasl No (The Elected of the New Generation), museum of contemporary arts, Ahvaz, Iran.
Participant in Painting Exhibition of Iranian Artists, Paul Ricard Space Lyon, Lyon, France.
Participant in The Sixth Montakhabe Nasl No (The Elected of the New Generation), Shirin Art Gallery, Tehran.
Exhibition of Small Paintings, Aria art gallery, Tehran.
 
2010 Every Painting Counts charity exhibition for Bayt Abdullah Children Hospice, Dar Al Funoon Art Gallery, Kuwait.
2008                Charity Group exhibition in support of children of HIV/AIDS, Imam Ali Museum, Tehran.
2007 Annual book of 2007 Iranian Illustrators, Momayez Art Gallery, Tehran.
The Big Sale of Painting & Sculpture, Fine Art Gallery, Sadabad Cultural Historic Complex, Tehran.
2006 Participant in Annual book of 2006 Iranian Illustrators Exhibition, Tehran.
Participant in Beijing International Art Expo, Beijing, China.
Isfahan Museum of Contemporary Arts, Isfahan, Iran.
2005 Participant in Persian Contemporary Realism & Hyper Realism, Niavaran Artistic Creations Foundation, Tehran.
First Steps, Momayez Art Gallery, Iranian Artists Forum, Tehran.

And participated in more than 30 other group exhibitions around the world since 2002.

COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS

2017 The third Festival of Nowruz Eggs (environmental sculptures), Organization of Tehran Beautification, Mellat Park, Tehran, Iran.
2013 The First Festival of Nowruz Eggs (environmental sculptures), Organization of Tehran Beautification, City Park, Tehran, Iran.
2009 Assistant to Farshid Mesghali, “Leili & Majnoon” Installation, Milad Tower, Tehran.
   
BIBLIOGRAPHY
Publication as Author
2014 Comic Books: The History of Comic Books in the World, Nazar Pulications, Tehran.
Press & Media
2020 Reza Jamili, 'I Print Our Collective Memory', Friday Iran supplement, Iran newspaper, no. 7478.
2020 From Tehran with Love, Exhibition and Auction Catalogue.
2017 Honarnameh Art review TV program, critical view at Marjan Nemati’s Memorabilia Painting Exhibition at Golestan Art Gallery, Hafez Rohani; art critic, aired on October 25th, IRIB 4.
2017 Research Expo. 1/2/3/4: Association of Iranian Painters, Members under 40, Contemporary Art Publications, Tehran.
2016 Contemporary Iranian Art at Sotheby’s, Exhibition and Auction Catalogue.
2016 Raad Charity’s Third Visual Arts Auction, Exhibition Catalogue.
2015 The Eighth Greatest Art Show of the Year (Haftnegah), Exhibition Catalogue.
2014 Hafez Rohani, ‘notes on three of the exhibitions held in the first week of autumn’, Etemad newspaper, no. 3081.
2012 The Sixth Annual “Montakhabe Nasle No” (The Elected of the New Generation), Contemporary Arts Publications, Tehran.
2008 Keyhan Bacheha magazine, cover, issue #2542, #2549 and #2530
2007 Annual book of 2007 Iranian Illustrators
2006 Tizhoushan magazine, cover, issue #6, #7 and #8.
2006 Annual book of 2006 Iranian Illustrators
2003 Sahand Abidi, ‘With Marjan Nemati: For Exhibition of Her Works in Banafsheh Art Gallery’, Etelaat newspaper supplement, no. 22777.
   
MISCELLANEOUS
2019 Illustration for Water, a Children’s Poetry by Fateme Sadr Vaghefi, Manaketab Publications, Tehran.
2017 Concept art Illustration for Set Design, The Pig movie, Director: Mani Haghighi, Set Design by Amirhossein Ghodsi.
2017 Concept art illustration for Costume Design, The Pig movie, Director: Mani Haghighi, Costume Design by Negar Nemati.
2017 Concept art illustration for Costume Design, The Cherry Orchard Theatre, Director: Amirreza Koohestani, Costume Design by Negar Nemati.
2017 Concept art illustration for Set Design, A Dragon Arrives movie, Director: Mani Haghighi, Set Design by Amirhossein Ghodsi.
2015 - 2017 Illustration and Graphic design for manaketab.com Company. 
2015 Poster design for the short film of Vision, directed by Soheil Amirsharifi
2014 Illustration for A Water Drop’s Journey, by Dr. Masood AghaYazdi, Kiarash Publications, Tehran.
2013 Illustration for Sails of the South: Sailing in Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean by Ali Parsa, Farhang e Nashr e Now, Tehran.
2006 - 2008 Illustration for Kayhan Bacheha Children’s Magazine.
2006 Illustration for Tizhoushan Children’s Magazine.