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Allahyar Najafi


Visual / Multimedia Artist – Musician
Born in 1980, Iran.
I have been working in different fields of fine arts, practicing in visual arts and music since 2002.
I started to work as a freelance graphic designer and music composer for short movies and animations. I later focused on video arts, animated movies, and short films, and in the meantime worked on video graphic projects; I later moved to India (studied graphic arts), where I mostly focused on printmaking and photography, as also music, and after about six years I moved back to Iran since then I have been living and working there as a visual and video artist.
M.V.A. graphic art, C.K.P. Bangalore India 2006-2009.
B.V.A. of graphic design, Azad University of Tehran, Art and Architecture Faculty, 2000-2004.
Solo Exhibitions:
“Tower of Babel,” Aaran Projects, Tehran, 2020.
“Urban Poetry,” Aaran Gallery, Tehran, 2018.
“The Third Narrative” at Aaran Projects, Tehran, 2016.
“Patch Work,” Aaran Gallery, Tehran, 2014.
Group Exhibitions:
Recovery, Aaran projects Tehran 2021.
Word by Word, Aaran projects Tehran 2020.
Flash-Back, Aaran Projects Tehran. 2018.
IRANXCUBA Beyond the Headlines, Rogue Space Chelsea, New York, 2016.
Jealous, Dena gallery, Tehran, 2016.
Angels, Saints and Co., Aaran Projects, Tehran, 2015. Group Show at No.1Shanthi Road Art gallery, Bangalore, India, 2012.
Iran via Video Current, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York, 2011.
Drops, Iranian contemporary artist show, Kolkatta, India, 2010.
Group show, C.K.P. Gallery, Bangalore, India, 2009. Group show, Alliance Françoise – Bangalore, India, 2008.
Professional Activities:
Presentation part, Graphic design, New Graphic Magazine, China, 2008.
“Istgah” Video Graphics, 2005-2010.
“Minority Report,” Soureh University, Iran, 2005.
Noma Illustration Biennale, 2005-2006.
“Letterbox” workshop, Dr.JOESPH A. HENSELMANN India, 2006.
“Trois-Rivieres” biennale, Canada, 2006-2007.
Deeper Depression, International group exhibition, Atbin Art Gallery, 2006.
1st International Roaming Biennial of Tehran, Urban Jealousy, Turkey, Germany & Serbia, 2008-2009.
Poland VII computer graphics design Biennale, 2006.
Music and Shadow performance at No.1 Shanthi Road Art gallery, Bangalore, India, 2012.
Participation in Limited Access Festival 4, at Aaran Gallery, Tehran, 2012.
Music & Storytelling, Bangalore for Beginners by Kianga Ford, Bronx Museum, New York, 2013.
Territorial challenges, Video Screening, Yarat Contemporary Center, Baku, Feb 2020.
Noor-Sanj/Light-meter Videos from Parking video Library, Online archive/screening,, Dec 2021.
Parishani Group Video Screening, Belgium, 2014.
Limited Access 5, Araan Gallery, Tehran, 2014.
No Name A4 Envelope, Haftsamar Art Gallery, Tehran, 2015.
Noor-Sanj/Light-meter Videos from Parking video Library, Vienna, Austria.
Noor-Sanj/Light-meter Videos from Parking video Library, Club Solo, Limited Access 6 festival, Aaran Projects, Tehran, 2016.
Limited Access Festival 7, Aaran Gallery, Tehran, 2017.
Noor-Sanj/Light-meter Videos from Parking video Library, Khaneye Ma, Kerman, Jan 2022.
Territorial challenges, Online archive/screening,, April 2022.