Born in Iran, and educated in Holland and France where he graduated with honors in Fine Arts from Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Marseille, contemporary artist Chahab Tayefeh-Mohajer’s first solo exhibit, “Ancient Meets Contemporary”, will be on view at Tara Gallery in Santa Monica, CA, through January 14, 2015.
“I’m an artist because it is my spiritual need and livelihood. To thrive, I must remain in a perpetual movement of creation,” says Chahab whose work has been exhibited all over Europe and the Middle East.
The city of Jiroft, an archeological haven located in the southeastern province of Kerman, Iran, has especially been a source of fuel for Chahab’s vivid and emotional imagination.
Although he left his home in Iran over 40 years ago to settle in France, Chahab continues to explore Iran’s rich history, cultural heritage, and famous excavation sites for inspiration: His work is set to be featured at the Golestan Gallery in Tehran (Iran’s most prominent contemporary art gallery) in the coming months.
Chahab’s unique technique of working with pigment, mineral, and acrylic has lent his art a refreshing intricacy that reflects the primal form of expression found in antiquities yet is wholly modern, abstract and immeasurable.
“I think people will enjoy the warmth of colors and the meanings of the forms and the connections to the rich poetic and cultural foundations of Iran and its people…Being surrounded and exposed to the rich colors and being surrounded by the unusual combinations of form and meanings I think will be particularly attractive to people,” says Tara Gallery owner Homa Taraji.
Enjoy our exclusive brief Q & A with the Iranian artist whose book, “Ancient Meets Contemporary” (a coffee table book riddled with Chahab’s contemporary masterpieces), is available for purchase at Tara Gallery, below:
PM: Who were your artistic idols as a child? (Any particular artist(s) that inspired your later work?)
CTM: I always collected art books from different schools of art; impressionism, African art, ancient art… everything. My artistic idols were Max Ernst and Paul Klee, who was just very imaginative. He had varied styles and methods and he would mix various colors on canvas, and from those, one finds objects and landscapes. I was also influenced by Iranian artists, Bahman Borojeni, Gholamhossein Nami.