Hosna Karnamarostami Iran


Year of Residency: 2018


  • Bachelor of Visual Communication, Shariaty Technical College in Tehran
  • Master of Graphic Design, Soore Art university in Tehran

Past residencies, Solo/Group Exhibitions

  • Group painting Exhibition, Sales gallery, 2017
  • Art residency Berlin Art institute, October 2018
  • Solo painting Exhibition, Art Gallery, 2017
  • Solo Performance art, Sari Goharzad Gallery, 2017
  • Solo painting Exhibition, Noor Gallery, 2016
  • Solo painting Exhibition, Aknoon Gallery, 2016
  • Group painting Exhibition, Mazandaran University Gallery, 2016
  • Group painting Exhibition, Tehran Aknoon Gallery, 2016

Artist statement

I was born in a corner of the world where war has been an inseparable part of people’s life historically and strategically. My visual express of battle in my paintings is not confided with the borders of nations or tribes. Indeed, war exists in the mind and soul of every individuals, in their dark side, a constant battle between goodness and evil among all aspects that are in conflict. In fact, these conflicts in our life convey us to perfection. However, no one could be winner in the end, they mutually balance and develop each other.

The calligraphy in my paintings is a symbol of thinking and opinion of what is often not to be told, Are the bodies in conflict or harmony with it .Sometimes, it has been neglected and sometimes, it has been covered. In fact, it is my own experience of life in relation to individual identity and it is my reaction to the changes of political evolution in the context of contemporary culture of Iran.

Although I have been imposed by the early centuries’ events, especially before and after the advent of Islam, mythological contents of written books, manuscripts and Persian inscriptions are expressed in my paintings as well. With a glimpse in the subtle philosophical perspective and figuration to express human’s emotions in a new configuration of the modern myth, war is that the main content of mythical narratives and the foundation of this story is the battle between goodness and evil. In Comparison of today’s life, nothing has been changed in the content, only the time and its wording might be changed. Overall, in my opinion, the main war is the one which is going on between my heart and logic.


I am working on two series of paintings highlighting the conflict between the calligraphy, mythological content of Shahnameh and Gilgamesh and the other one is the contrast between modern art, animations characters and Iranian calligraphy. My artwork evokes emotions that have been drawn from my experiences traveling the globe and I feel that my paintings and drawings offer something important to my viewers, which makes them think and having a new experience of Iranian culture and Iranian modern art.

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