Avish Khebrehzadeh (Born in Tehran, Iran, 1969) studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome and has lived and worked in Tehran and Rome, before moving to Washington DC where she is currently based. Her work explores the power of figures and their multifaceted narrative aspect in multitude of mediums including painting, drawing, sculpture, animation, film, as well as video projections onto drawings and paintings. A series of her hand drawn video animations projected onto large sheets of drawings titled “Distant Memory” were featured in the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003, where she received the Golden Lion Award for the best Young Italian Artist.
Avish Khebrehzadeh most recent works were featured in the Discoveries section of ART BASEL Hong Kong in 2013 (Galleria S.A.L.E.S.) and her innovative projection Installation work “Where Do We Go from Here?” was featured in GAM collection in Torino during Artissima 2013. Her solo exhibition at Fondazione Volume in Rome in 2016, and Ab-Anbar Gallery in Tehran, featured a 6-channel animated projection, and series of constellation drawings which were inspired by and created as a tribute to the 10th century Persian astronomer Al-Sufi. Her last Exhibition in 2017 at Albion Barn, Oxfordshire, UK, featured a series of paintings based on characters from the movies of Andrei Tarkovsky, Ingmar Bergman, and Luchino Visconti. A complete retrospective of her video installation works were exhibited at Ab-Anbar Gallery in Tehran in 2018, and featured in By the People art festival in Washington DC.
Avish Khebrehzadeh is a Civitella Ranieri fellow and a Smithsonian Artis Research fellow.