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Continuing our blog to discover the best contemporary Persian artists that are producing outstanding art today, we focus our attention on four women who are rocking the art world: Hadieh Shafie, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Farideh Lashai, and Mona Hakimi-Schuler.

Hadieh Shafie

Hadieh Shafie is based in New York and produces visual art that collapses the spaces that form between sculpture, painting and drawings. She currently has work displayed all over the world including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art and many others! So, if you spot her name in one of the more prominent museums, do not be surprised. Qualified in imaging and digital arts from the University of Maryland, Hadieh Shafie has been sponsored by leading institutes such as the Pratt Institute and the Kress Foundation. She has been nominated for the Anonymous Was a Woman award in 2017.

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian

This highly talented Iranian woman has a distinguished career in art that has spanned nearly half a century. Her work mainly is concerned with mirror mosaics, and traditional reverse glass painting using the principles of Islamic geometry. Monir studied in the Fine Arts College of Tehran before moving to America to continue her studies after WWII. She has worked with many legendary names of the art world which include Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, and Jackson Pollock.

Her art presents contemporary abstract work that is built around the principles of Islamic geometry. Her work is detailed and highly ornate. She has exhibited extensively not just in her native Iran but also in North America and Europe.

Farideh Lashai

Another incredibly gifted Iran artist that has had a long and fruitful career that lasted for fifty years. She was a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, where she learned to love crystal and sculpture art. Her works include the aforementioned sculpture, writing, painting, animation, and video. During her long and highly successful career she had more than twenty-five solo exhibitions all over the world including her homecountry, the USA and Europe. And she has also taken part in international collective exhibitions. Farideh wrote a highly revealing autobiography, and The Jackal Came was first published in Iran in 2004 which told a story of three whole generations of women in Iran.

Mona Hakimi-Schuler

Born in Iran, Mona Hakimi-Schuler is a modern artist who is now living in Berlin. All her work displays Persian themes which include paintings, sculptures, collages which combine imagery of everyday Iranian life after the 1979 revolution.

The most popular pieces of her work are her self-portraits which she uses to display the Iranian identity of women. There are a series of nine paintings that feature these self-portraits and are an excellent way to understand what makes Mona Hakimi-Schuler tick as an artist. The four highly talented Persian women are at the pinnacle of their trade, and their work displays not just Islamic and Persian themes, but also a modern view of Post-Revolution Iran that appeared in 1979.