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*1972

Asia

Fathi

Golnaz

2475

Artist ID:

GOLNAZ FATHI

Born: 1972, Tehran, Iran


EDUCATION

1996: Diploma of Iranian Calligraphy, Iranian Society of Calligraphy, Tehran, Iran

1995: Bachelor of Arts in Graphics, Azad Art University, Tehran, Iran

1990: Secondary Studies Degree, Tehran, Iran


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2023: "No Rain Will Put Out This Fire", October Gallery, London

2022: "The Road Forward", Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Chelsea, NY

2019: "Let’s Pretend Everything Is Alright", Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Chelsea, NY

2018: "A Long Line Without a Word", Pearl Lam Galleries, Shanghai

2016: "Kaht-Line", The Third Line Gallery, Dubai; "Contemplations", Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Singapore

2015: "Every Breaking Wave", Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Kong

2014: "Dance Me to the End of Night", October Gallery, London; "Marked: Contemporary Takes on Mark-Making", Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York and Hong Kong

2013: "The Living Road", Pearl Lam Galleries, Shanghai; Exhibitions at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York; "Falling Leaves", The Third Line Gallery, Dubai

2010: "Liminal-Subliminal", "Controlled Chaos", October Gallery and The Third Line, Dubai; "Ride Like the Wind", Sultan Gallery, Kuwait

2009: "Doha Series", The Third Line, Doha, Qatar

2008: "My Freedom", Xerxes Gallery, London; "Sleepless Nights", The Third Line, Dubai

2007: "Beyond Words", La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art, Bahrain

2005: Solo Exhibitions in Beirut, Lebanon and Neuilly-sur-Seine, France; Virtual Painting Exhibition, ArtēEast

2004-2000: Multiple Solo Exhibitions at Golestan Gallery, Tehran, and international locations


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2024: "The Way of Writing", Museo Correr, Venice; "Transvangarde: Freestyle Cipher", October Gallery, London

2023: "Abstraction Iranienne", Million, Paris

2022: "Surface Appeal", "20+", Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Singapore and New York

2021: Group exhibition at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Singapore

2020: "Metamorphoses", Pearl Lam Galleries, Shanghai

2019: "The Decorated Word", Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; "Women’s Work", Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Singapore

2018: "Transvangarde: Contemporary Art from Around the Planet", "Infinite Present", October Gallery, London; Cambridge Art Gallery Museum, Massachusetts

2017: "All Happens After Sunset...", MOCA Art Pavilion, Shanghai; "INK ASIA", "Quotidian", Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong and Shanghai

2016: "In Silence", Pearl Lam Galleries, Singapore; "AB Discovery 2016", AB Gallery, Lucerne, Switzerland

2015: "Frontier Reimagined", Museo di Palazzo Grimani, Venice Biennale; "Writing Non-Writing", Museum of Contemporary Art, CAA Hangzhou, China

2014: "35 Years of Transvangarde", October Gallery, London; "Approaches to Tradition", Tehran MOCA, Iran

2013: "Nun Va Al Qalam", Islamic Arts Museum, Malaysia; "To Be a Lady", Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Singapore


Golnaz Fathi, a trained calligrapher, skillfully transforms known language into form and composition. Discovering calligraphy while studying graphic design at Tehran's Azad University, she later trained at the Calligraphy Association of Iran for six years. Fathi was the first woman to win an award in Ketabat, a distinct genre of calligraphic art. Dissatisfied with the discipline's strict rules, she created a new form of expression in her paintings: an imaginary language deeply rooted in Persian tradition, hinting at social renaissance. Her works carry traces of uncodified meanings and succeed in expressing emotions where language fails.

Fathi has held solo shows in major cities including New York, Shanghai, London, and others. Notable exhibitions include "No Rain Will Put Out This Fire" at the October Gallery, London (2023), "The Road Forward" at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, NY (2022), and "Contemplations" at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Singapore (2016). Her group exhibitions include "The Way of Writing" at Museo Correr, Venice (2024) and "The Decorated Words" at the Metropolitan Museum, NY (2019). Her works are part of collections at prestigious institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum, New York and The British Museum, London. Fathi received the Young Global Leader Award in 2011.

Golnaz Fathi, a trained calligrapher, skillfully transforms known language into form and composition. Discovering calligraphy while studying graphic design at Tehran's Azad University, she later trained at the Calligraphy Association of Iran for six years. Fathi was the first woman to win an award in Ketabat, a distinct genre of calligraphic art. Dissatisfied with the discipline's strict rules, she created a new form of expression in her paintings: an imaginary language deeply rooted in Persian tradition, hinting at social renaissance. Her works carry traces of uncodified meanings and succeed in expressing emotions where language fails.

Fathi has held solo shows in major cities including New York, Shanghai, London, and others. Notable exhibitions include "No Rain Will Put Out This Fire" at the October Gallery, London (2023), "The Road Forward" at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, NY (2022), and "Contemplations" at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Singapore (2016). Her group exhibitions include "The Way of Writing" at Museo Correr, Venice (2024) and "The Decorated Words" at the Metropolitan Museum, NY (2019). Her works are part of collections at prestigious institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum, New York and The British Museum, London. Fathi received the Young Global Leader Award in 2011.

Women in Art

When the wind blows

1094

Art ID

2023

|

123 x 170 cm

Pen and acrylic on canvas

32000

$

Golnaz

Fathi

Women in Art

Something is wrong

1093

Art ID

2024

|

130 x 190 cm

Acrylic and spray on canvas

32000

$

Golnaz

Fathi

Women in Art

Untitled

1101

Art ID

2021

|

70 x 70 cm

Acrylic on canvas

16000

$

Golnaz

Fathi

Women in Art

Blue is the color of your eyes

1098

Art ID

2022

|

170 x 142 cm

Mixed media on canvas

30000

$

Golnaz

Fathi

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GRANTS AND AWARDS

2012: Visiting Artist, Art Campus, Meissen Porcelain Factory, Germany

2011: Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum, Geneva, Switzerland

2010: Jury Member, Sharjah Calligraphy Biennial, UAE

2007: Residency Scholarship, Fabrica, Treviso, Italy

2004-2003: Residency Scholarship, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France

1995: Best Woman Calligraphist in Ketabat Style, Iranian Society of Calligraphy, Tehran, Iran

1993: Diploma of Honour in Graphics and Painting, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, Iran


ACQUISITIONS

World Bank, Washington, DC, USA

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

Denver Art Museum, Colorado, USA

Brighton & Hove Museum, UK

Carnegie Mellon University, Doha, Qatar

Islamic Art Museum, Malaysia

Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore

The British Museum, London, UK

Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi, India

Farjam Collection, Dubai, UAE

Salsali Foundation, Dubai, UAE

Pareli Collection, France


SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

"Iranian Calligraphy", Hossein Razaifard, UNESCO and Sabzeh publication, Iran 2022

"Dream No Small Dream", October Gallery, London 2020

"Abstract Art, A Global History", Pepe Karmel, Thames & Hudson, London 2020

"How to Read Islamic Calligraphy", Maryam Ekhtiar, The MET, New York 2018

"The Word is Art", Michael Petry, Thames & Hudson, London 2018

"Signs of Our Times", Rose Issa, Juliet Cestar, and Venetia Porter, Merrell: London/New York 2016

"Writing Non-Writing", Collection 2015, China Academy of Art Press

"The Elephant in the Dark", Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi, India 2012

"A New Art from Emerging Artists", Ian Robertson, United Kingdom 2011

"The Art of Writing - Bilder Werden Geschrieben", Heinz Kroehl, Germany 2011

"Art of the Middle East", Saeb Eigner, London 2010

"Iran Inside Out", Chelsea Art Museum, New York 2009

"Contemporary Art in the Middle East", Art World, London 2009

"Different Sames: New Perspectives in Contemporary Iranian Art", London 2009

"Graphic Design from the Arab World and Persia", Berlin 2008

"Word Into Art: Artists of the Modern Middle East", Venetia Porter, British Museum, London 2006

GOLNAZ FATHI

Born: 1972, Tehran, Iran


EDUCATION

1996: Diploma of Iranian Calligraphy, Iranian Society of Calligraphy, Tehran, Iran

1995: Bachelor of Arts in Graphics, Azad Art University, Tehran, Iran

1990: Secondary Studies Degree, Tehran, Iran


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2023: "No Rain Will Put Out This Fire", October Gallery, London

2022: "The Road Forward", Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Chelsea, NY

2019: "Let’s Pretend Everything Is Alright", Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Chelsea, NY

2018: "A Long Line Without a Word", Pearl Lam Galleries, Shanghai

2016: "Kaht-Line", The Third Line Gallery, Dubai; "Contemplations", Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Singapore

2015: "Every Breaking Wave", Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Kong

2014: "Dance Me to the End of Night", October Gallery, London; "Marked: Contemporary Takes on Mark-Making", Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York and Hong Kong

2013: "The Living Road", Pearl Lam Galleries, Shanghai; Exhibitions at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York; "Falling Leaves", The Third Line Gallery, Dubai

2010: "Liminal-Subliminal", "Controlled Chaos", October Gallery and The Third Line, Dubai; "Ride Like the Wind", Sultan Gallery, Kuwait

2009: "Doha Series", The Third Line, Doha, Qatar

2008: "My Freedom", Xerxes Gallery, London; "Sleepless Nights", The Third Line, Dubai

2007: "Beyond Words", La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art, Bahrain

2005: Solo Exhibitions in Beirut, Lebanon and Neuilly-sur-Seine, France; Virtual Painting Exhibition, ArtēEast

2004-2000: Multiple Solo Exhibitions at Golestan Gallery, Tehran, and international locations


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2024: "The Way of Writing", Museo Correr, Venice; "Transvangarde: Freestyle Cipher", October Gallery, London

2023: "Abstraction Iranienne", Million, Paris

2022: "Surface Appeal", "20+", Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Singapore and New York

2021: Group exhibition at Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Singapore

2020: "Metamorphoses", Pearl Lam Galleries, Shanghai

2019: "The Decorated Word", Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; "Women’s Work", Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Singapore

2018: "Transvangarde: Contemporary Art from Around the Planet", "Infinite Present", October Gallery, London; Cambridge Art Gallery Museum, Massachusetts

2017: "All Happens After Sunset...", MOCA Art Pavilion, Shanghai; "INK ASIA", "Quotidian", Pearl Lam Galleries, Hong Kong and Shanghai

2016: "In Silence", Pearl Lam Galleries, Singapore; "AB Discovery 2016", AB Gallery, Lucerne, Switzerland

2015: "Frontier Reimagined", Museo di Palazzo Grimani, Venice Biennale; "Writing Non-Writing", Museum of Contemporary Art, CAA Hangzhou, China

2014: "35 Years of Transvangarde", October Gallery, London; "Approaches to Tradition", Tehran MOCA, Iran

2013: "Nun Va Al Qalam", Islamic Arts Museum, Malaysia; "To Be a Lady", Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Singapore


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