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 Wsying Arts Centre (since 2013), received her MFA from Goldsmiths College in 2011, postgraduate diploma in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2006 and BA Art History and Fine Arts from Anglia Ruskin University in 2005. 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, with recent exhibitions including 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, Solo exhibit at the Jerwood Project Space, London (2017). Group exhibitions include 20year Anniversary Exhibition, Walsall Museum (2020); LDN WMN, Foyle’s Gallery, London (2019);Atelier 34zero Muzeum 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, solo show Boogie Wonderland at Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London (2015); The Armory Show 2015 in New York, Hey, I’m Mr. Poetic at Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge (2014); Editions at Edge of Arabia, Jeddah (2014); and The Future Can Wait with Channel 4’s New Sensations at Saatchi Gallery, London (2013). In December 2020, Sokhanvari will be part of NGV Triennial, currently scheduled to open at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
Sokhanvari’s work can be found in international private and public collections, including LACMA, National Gallery of Victoria, The New Art Gallery Walsall, Beth Rudin Dewoody Collection, Easton Capital/John Friedman Collection, Frank Cohen Collection, Benjamin Khalili Collection, Shahriar Maleki Collection and Saatchi Gallery Collection.