Bahman Borojeni

Bahman Borojeni is an Iranian painter born in 1942. He was a pioneer in introducing Iranian painting to the West.
He trained at Tehran University of Art. He came to notice while still a student when he won the first prize for engravings at the 1964 Tehran biennial event. Jacques Lassaigne (director of the Paris Museum of Modern Art) offered him a scholarship to participate in the Paris biennial event. In 1972, he won the first prize for his painting at the Iranian Contemporary Art Exhibition and, in 1976, received a commission for a monumental 67 m² fresco for the lobby of the Ministry of Agriculture in Tehran.
He taught painting at Tehran University of Art from 1970 to 1990, including a two years appointment as head of the University. He also contributed to the supervision and training of art professors in Iran, helping to found a Specialist Arts Division at the Teacher Training University. In this period he has had a significant influence on the evolution of contemporary painting in Iran.
In 1990, after receiving another scholarship, from the Cité Internationale des Arts artists’ residence, he relocated to Paris to dedicate himself exclusively to painting. He now paints out of his Montmartre studio and has regular local and international exhibitions. His style, both mystical and contemporary, sublimates everyday life, transforming it into an almost calligraphic pictorial composition.
During his career so far, Bahman Borojeni has had over 110 international solo and group exhibitions including Iran, France, Japan, Norway, Switzerland, and the United States. His work can be found in public and private collections from the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Kerman Museum of Art, to the Farah Pahlavi Collection and Jacques Lassaigne Collection. More recently, his work has been sold at a number of auctions, including Christie’s

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Exhibitions
2014 Afrand Gallery, Tehran, Iran-Solo Exhibition
2014 Aria Gallery, Tehran, Iran-Solo Exhibition
2009 Vali Gallery, Tehran, Iran – Solo Exhibition
1992 Gorky Gallery, New York, United States – Solo Exhibition
1991 Gallery Pierre Hautot, Paris, France – Solo Exhibition
1990 Gallery Sandoz, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France – Solo Exhibition
1989 Gallery Nashre Noqreh, Tehran, Iran – Solo Exhibition
1988 Gallery Golestan, Tehran, Iran – Solo Exhibition
1982 Gallery Ketabsara, Tehran, Iran – Solo Exhibition
Gallery Seyhoun, Tehran, Iran – Solo Exhibition
Museum of Kerman, Tehran, Iran – Solo Exhibition
1968 Gallery Borojeni, Tehran, Iran – Solo Exhibition
Tehran University of Art, Iran – Solo Exhibition
City hall of the 15th arrondissement of Paris, France – Solo Exhibition
2014 Art House of Châtillon, France – Exhibition «Passerelle
Gallery VV Drouot, Paris, France – Sale-Exhibition « Modern & Contemporary art»
2012 Theatre of Cambrai, France – Exhibition « Iranian Artists in Europe»
2011 Christie’s, Paris, France – Sale-Exhibition «East Visions, from Orientalism to contemporary Art»
White House of Châtillon, France – 48th Art Exhibition of ADAC
2010 Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Iran – Exhibition «Masters of Iranian Painting»
White House of Châtillon, France – 46th Art Exhibition of ADAC
White House of Châtillon, France – 4th Biennale of the Spring Show
2002 Palais des Congrès de Paris, France – Salon «Art Sud»
1996 Palais des Exhibitions de Nice, France – Salon International d’Art Contemporain
1993 Grand Palais, Paris, France – 90 ans du Salon d’Automne de Paris
1980 Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, Iran – Exhibition «Iranian Contemporary Sculptors»
1975 Tehran, World Fair, Iran – International Art Exhibition
Musée de la Perse Antique, Tehran, Iran – Exhibition of Contemporary Arts of Tehran
1969 Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France – 6th biennial event of Paris
Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France – 4th biennial event of Paris
1967 Palais Blanc, Tehran, Iran – Exhibition «25 years of Iranian Art»
Persepolis, Shiraz, Iran – Shiraz Art Festival
1966 Palais Blanc,Tehran, Iran – 5th biennial event of Tehran
1964 Palais Blanc, Tehran, Iran – 4th biennial event of Tehran
1962 Palais Blanc,Tehran, Iran – 3rd biennial event of Tehran
Gallery Nicolas Flamel, Paris, France – Exhibition «Effect»
2013 Shams Gallery, Tehran, Iran – Group Exhibition
2007 Art Studio, Paris, France – Group Exhibition
2004 City hall of Mandal, Norway – Group Exhibition
Hotel Dar Zakarya, Hammamet, Tunisia – Group Exhibition
2001 Club Venus, Hammamet, Tunisia – Group Exhibition
1998 Gallery Sandoz, Cité Internationale des Arts de Paris, France – Group Exhibition
1997 Itinerant Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan – Group Exhibition
EDF-GDF Exhibition Hall in Versailles, France – Group Exhibition
1986 Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, Iran – Group Exhibition
1977 Gallery Sirus, Paris, France – Group Exhibition
1976 Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Iran – Group Exhibition
Gallery Takhte Jamshid, Tehran, Iran – Group Exhibition «Blue Works»
1973 Gallery Seyhoun, Tehran, Iran – Group Exhibition
1972 Gallery Mes, Tehran, Iran – Group Exhibition
1970 Faculty of Decorative Arts, Tehran, Iran – Group Exhibition
Exhibition hall of Mehrabad Airport, Tehran, Iran – Group Exhibition
Columbia University, New York, United States – Group Exhibition
Gallery Borghese, Tehran, Iran – Group Exhibition
1965 Iran-America Society, Tehran, Iran – Group Exhibition
Faculty of Decorative Arts, Tehran, Iran – Group Exhibition
Gallery Borghese, Teheran, Iran – Group Exhibition
Gallery of Modern Art, Tehran, Iran – Group Exhibition
Gallery Mes, Tehran, Iran – Group Exhibition
Gallery Gilgamesh, Tehran, Iran – Group Exhibition
1961 Gallery Gilgamesh, Tehran, Iran – Group Exhibition
1959 Iran-America Society, Tehran, Iran – Group Exhibition
Prices and Awards
1990 Scholarship, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
1988 First price – Competition for the creation of the stamps of Seoul Olympic Games
1987 Honorary Doctorate in Arts for his work granted by the Ministry of Arts and Culture of Iran,
1977 Scholarship, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
Price of the City Hall of Tehran for the realization of sculptures for the town squares
1972 First price at the Exhibition of Contemporary Arts, Museum of Persian Archeology, Tehran, Iran
1964 First price for engravings, 4th biennial event of Tehran, Ministry of Culture
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES
1991-2014 Painter, member of the Maison des Artistes, Paris, France
1997 Consultant on the making of a documentary film dedicated to Persian painting by the Musée du Louvre, the Bibliothèque National de France and ARTE, Paris, France
1986-1990 Painting teacher at Azad University, Tehran, Iran
Research director at the University for the Training of Masters, Tehran, Iran
1981-1990 Teacher, lecturer, research director at the University of Arts, Tehran, Iran
Teacher at the Faculty