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.
Solo exhibitions of her work have appeared around the globe in Institutions such as MACRO (Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome), the Rhode Island School of Design Museum in Providence, Rhode Island, MAXXI (National Museum of the 21st Century Arts, Rome Italy), and MONA (The Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania, Australia).
Her works have been featured in the 6th Istanbul Biennial in 1999, the 5th Liverpool Biennial in 2008, the 8th Site Santa Fe Biennial (Santa Fe, New Mexico), and the inaugural exhibition of MAXXI, Rome’s first museum of 21st century art.
Among her notable works are a series of large scale theater paintings with video animation projections which were exhibited for the first time at Albion Gallery in 2008 (London and NY) and at the New Frontier section of the Sundance Film festival (2011), as well as the Innovation section of the Bird’s Eye View Film Festival (London, 2011). Some of her recent solo shows at Sprovieri Gallery (London) and Galleria S.A.L.E.S. in Rome, and Ab-Anbar Gallery in Tehran, featured a series of enigmatic tree drawings on large handmade sheets of paper mounted on canvas. These works were also exhibited at Galerie Im Taxispalais in Innsbruck, Austria.
Avish’s 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 latest 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.