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Sassan Behnam-Bakhtiar is a French - Iranian artist. Born in Paris in 1984, he lived in Tehran, Iran as a teenager and young adult. Many of his works are well-known for exploring his visionary and philosophical views on life and humanity, derived from the artist’s personal life experience of post-revolution Iran, including the Iran-Iraq war, a traumatic period in the history of the country; and his subsequent reflections on these experiences while living in France and elsewhere.

 

Behnam-Bakhtiar's oil paintings are created in his signature style of peinture raclée involving an intricate style of scraping, relaying and spreading of numerous blends over particular points. For the artist, these represent layers of energy, feelings and time. He paints from one layer to another for several months to years to create his complex works referencing to a prosperous way of life, human evolution, the universal language, eternal feelings and Self, history, present and future, awakening a strong sense of experiencing positive emotions and transcendence, while accessing its audience's psyche to bring about locked knowledge, intuition and human sensitivity.

 

Sassan's most recent body of oil paintings have been shown worldwide including a solo exhibition at Dusseldorf's Setareh Gallery, London's Saatchi Gallery and a solo exhibition at the historic Villa Santo Sospir in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.

Behnam-Bakhtiar's works are part of many private collections internationally.

 

Sassan is currently based in the South of France where he continues to pursue his chosen disciplines.

EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)


 

2019
Christie's Middle East Modern and Contemporary Art exhibition
October 18 - 23

London, U.K.

2019
Extremis, Setareh Gallery 
Solo Exhibition
October 18 - November 23

Dusseldorf, Germany
 

2019
Art Monte-Carlo, Setareh Gallery
April 26 - 28

Grimaldi Forum, Principality of Monaco

2019
artnet Middle Eastern Art: Then and Now sale
March 14 - 27
 

2019
Christie’s Middle Eastern Modern & Contemporary Art exhibition
March 18 - 23

Dubai, U.A.E.

2018

Oneness Wholeness With Jean Cocteau, Villa Santo Sospir
Solo Exhibition
September 6 - 30
Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France

2018
Oneness Wholeness, Saatchi Gallery
Solo Exhibition
May 14 - 27
London, U.K.

2018

Bonhams Modern and Contemporary Middle Eastern Art exhibition
April 19 - 23
Mayfair, London, U.K.
 

2018

Christie's Dubai: Post War and Contemporary Art 
March 22
Dubai, U.A.E.
 

2018

artnet Middle Eastern Contemporary Art sale
March 15 - 28
New York, U.S.A.

2018
artnet You Thought You Knew: Lesser-Known Works by Master Photographers 
February 20 – March 7th
New York, U.S.A.


2017

Bonhams Modern and Contemporary Middle Eastern Art 
November 26 - 28 
Mayfair, London, U.K.


2017
Setareh Gallery
November 7 - 11
Abu Dhabi Art, Saadiyat Cultural Center, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

2017
artnet Contemporary Middle Eastern Art sale
February 13 - 27​
New york, U.S.A.

2016
Future & Memory / Memory & Future, Shirin Gallery NYC
October 20 - November 13

New York, U.S.A.​

2016
Blue Gold, Etemad Gallery
April 22 - 10 May
Tehran, Iran ​

2016
Art Dubai, Royal College of Art 

March 16 - 19

Dubai, U.A.E.

 

2016
Remembering Tomorrow, MoP foundation

February 20 - 24
Niavaran Center for Artistic Creation, Tehran, Iran
March 14 - 18
Jamm Art, Dubai, U.A.E.

2015
Art Dubai, Royal College of Art 

March 18 - 21

Dubai, U.A.E.

2014

Inspiration / Insistence, Aspiration / Persistence, MoP Foundation
Sotheby's

September 16 - 18

Los Angeles, U.S.A.


2013

Entre L'Orient et L'Occident, Mairie de Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

July 1 - 13

Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, Cote d'Azur, France

 

2010

Magical Nights, Magic of Persia

DIFC and Yas Island

November 5 - 6

Dubai and Abu Dhabi, U.A.E

 

2009

Magical Nights, Magic of Persia

Emirates Towers

April 11

Dubai, U.A.E

COLLECTION (SELECTION)

Mairie of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, FR
Santo Sospir, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, FR
Collection of Lady Frederick Windsor 
Collection of HRH Sheikha Muneera Bint Ahmed AlKhalifa 
Collection of HRH Sheikha Hessa Bint Ahmed AlKhalifa 
Collection of Yevgeniy and Gulnara Feld
Collection of Andrea Morante 
Collection of Farhad Bakhtiar 
Collection of Ilya Melia 
Collection of Ali Jassim

Collection of Darius Sanai 
Collection of Eric Underwood
Collection of Maselis Family

PUBLICATION 

Extremis

Essay by Felix Fischer

Setareh

Oneness Wholeness
Essay by Edward Lucie Smith
Unicorn Publishing
Saatchi Gallery

Future & Memory / Memory & Future
Essays by Lisa Pollman, Janet Rady and Joobin Bekhrad

Shirin Gallery