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Keyvan Heydari Shovir

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Artist’s Story

Keyvan Heydari goes under his pseudonym CK1 / Iranian visual artist / Pioneer of the Graffiti movement in Tehran / Now a San Francisco resident, Keyvan is an active participant in performance arts in his area  / His art – based on Iranian roots and culture / Inspired by renowned Iranian poets Hafez and Rumi / Postmodern use of Persian alphabet / Islamic art motifs / Keyvan’s artwork represent an intricate hybrid of East meets West /

Full CV


2016 California College of the Arts, Graduate degree
2006 B.A. Painting, Daneshgahe Tabriz, Iran

Solo Exhibitions

2009 Golzadeh Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2008 Paeez Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2007 Banafsheh Gallery, Tehran, Iran

Group Exhibitions

2017 Cities x EMERGEAST, Dubai, UAE
2013 SOMArts Cultural Center, Speak Your Peace, SOMArts’ Curator & Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA
2012 Street art, Italy
2011 Portrait, Seyhoun Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2010 Much Love from Iran B&K Projects, Copenhagen, Denmark
2010 Group exhibition, Mehrva gallery, Tehran, Iran
2010 Streets of Iran, Los Angeles, California, USA
2009 Urban Jealousy Istanbul, Berlin, Germany
2009 Street art group exhibition, Mehrin Gallery, Tehran, Iran
2008 Visual Art Forum, Tabriz, Iran


2009 First prize, Red Bull Graffiti Contest at Tehran Art and Architecture University, Iran


2010 Cultures of Resistance, Farbod shot documentary footage under the supervision of Lara Lee
2007 Slowliness, First person role Directed by Fred Khoshtinat
2007 Here is Tehran, documentary about Iran’s graffiti-scene directed by Saeed Haddadi


TIME, Faces of Iran, Paolo Woods http://www.time.com/time/photoessays/2007/paolo_woods_iran/
Los Angeles Times, September 10, 2009 by Raja AbdulRahim
Freitag 36, Germany
BBC Persian
Chelcheragh Magazine
Arte. TV, http://www.arte.tv/de/Kulturentdecken/tracks/20050106/1347380,CmC=1348042.htm,
Workshop at Tapesh TV, 2008
Workshop at Azad art Gallery, 2010, Tehran, Iran

Career Highlights

  • 2016 California College of the Arts, Master of Fine Art
  • Numerous solo exhibitions in Tehran, includes Golzadeh, Paeez and Banafshes Gallery
  • Film making history includes “Here is Tehran”, a documentary on Tehran’s Street Art scene
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