I head to Shahram Karimi’s studio on Soho’s Greene street on a sunny Thursday afternoon. Shahram’s studio sits in a classic loft style building. I get buzzed in and walk up a flight of stairs. The building houses several studios and businesses. I walk into the studio and am greeted by Shahram. The studio is a large space that is shared by Persian artists Shoja Azari, Shireen Neshat , and Shahram Karimi. The studio is full of natural light that seeps through the over-sized windows. The space is divided between a couch area, a work area and a few desks. There are books all around the perimeter of the studio, both in Persian and English.
While Shoja Azari works in the background, I speak to Shahram and get to know more about him and his work. Shahram was born and raised in Shiraz, before moving to Tehran to study fine arts. Shahram comes from a very artistic family. One of his brothers is a poet, and the other a painter. Shahram grew up around paintings, and his brother was his greatest inspiration. Shahram started painting at the age of 9. He left Iran in 1988 to Germany, where he currently resides.
Shahram’s recent work is inspired by literature, cinema, and philosophy. Shahram detests painting on white canvas. To him, the texture and material of what he paints on is half of the paintings appeal. In 1997 for example, Shahram started painting on pizza boxes. He then started painting on rice packs, and for his most recent exhibition at the LTMH Gallery, Shahram paints on beautiful fabric. He finds all these fabrics and materials at antique markets.
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