Soheila Sokhanvari is an Iranian-born artist whose multidisciplinary work weaves layers of political histories with bizarre, mysterious and often humorous narratives that she leaves open to viewers to complete. Sokhanvari, a studio artist at Wysing Arts Centre (since 2013), received her BA in Art History and Fine Arts from Anglia Ruskin University in 2005, a postgraduate diploma in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2006 and an MFA from Goldsmiths College in 2011. She has recently been the recipient of the Derek Hill Foundation Scholarship at British School at Rome (Oct-Dec 2018) and has exhibited extensively throughout Europe and the Middle East.
Solo exhibitions include an upcoming solo show at Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London (2022); Addicted to Love, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London (2019); Salam Salam, Installation commissioned by the Magic of Persia Foundation (2018); LDWN, installation at Victoria Station, London, a collaboration between the Tate Collective and City Hall (2018), the travelling group show “I AM” Jordan, London and The USA (2018); Homeland at Kunsthalle Osnabrück, Germany (2017); Paradise Lost, Jerwood Project Space, London (2017).
Group exhibitions include The NGV Triennial, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2020-2021); Devil’s in the Detail, Kristin Hjellegjerde, London, UK (2020-2021); Drawing Together, Martin Hall Gallery of Loughborough University, UK (2020); 20 for 2020, New Arts Gallery, Walsall (2020); LDN WMN, Foyle’s Gallery, London (2019); Atelier 34zero Museum Collection, BWA Gallery, Katowice, Poland (2019); Imago Mundi, Trieste, at Salone deglie Incanti, Italy (2018); Crossroads Art Fair, London (2016); Champagne Life at Saatchi Gallery, London (2016), where she showed her iconic piece Moje Sabz; The Armory Show, New York (2015); Hey, I’m Mr. Poetic at Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge (2014); Editions at Edge of Arabia, Jeddah (2014); The Future Can Wait with Channel 4’s New Sensations at Saatchi Gallery, London (2013).
UPCOMING HIGHLIGHTS AND COLLECTIONS
In October 2022, Sokhanvari will have a solo show at The Barbican Curve (London) which will include approximately 42 paintings and two sculptures, concentrating on Iranian women in the entertainment industry, from Qamar-ol-Moluk-Vaziri (1905-1959) a celebrated Iranian singer, who was the earliest woman to sing in public in Iran without wearing a veil, to Googoosh the first international Iranian singer still working and rocking Persian culture from her new homeland in LA, USA. In 2023, Sokhanvari will present her work in a solo show at Heong Gallery, part of the Downing college at the University of Cambridge.
Sokhanvari’s work can be found in international private and public collections, including LACMA (USA), National Gallery of Victoria (Australia), The New Art Gallery Walsall (UK), Beth Rudin Dewoody Collection (USA), Easton Capital/John Friedman Collection (USA), Frank Cohen Collection (UK), Benjamin Khalili Collection (USA), Shahriar Maleki Collection (UK) and Saatchi Gallery Collection (UK).