Homa Arkani

Born in 1983 | Tehran | Iran

 Ten years ago, having had cultural and social issues occupying my mind all my life, I found “painting” to be a means to display them, and translating them into ” pop art” was my way of expressing those issues. My first collection was about “individuality”, “women”, and “cultural problems in society”. It was only later that I got to know Rumi and his works. He (Rumi), shows his mastery in using everyday events to present and show his spiritual beliefs. Some have gone as far as calling his “Masnavi” a “holy book”, but I see this poetry book as the ultimate answer to solving social and cultural problems. Having always been interested in self-analysis, Rumi’s poetry opened a window for me, through which, I could incorporate these thoughts into my paintings. Up until now, at the mention of the meanings behind Rumi’s poetry with regards to painting, one was faced with the literal but yet vague concept, which only portrayed the emotions of the artist. While this approach and style is fully respected, it lacks the ability to fully engage and connect with the artist in order to enable him to envision the true meaning of the poetry and hence the resulting art work fails to have any impact or to leave any impression on society or culture. It is indeed a difficult task to portray the true meaning of these verses in the form of art and in a simple and comprehensive format for the audience, and can only be achieved through “pop art” or “surrealism” . As I mentioned before, Rumi’s poetry dwells on “self-understanding” and ” joyful living” and I, therefore, decided to incorporate them into my paintings.

For one of my first series on Rumi, the combination of the meaning in Rumi’s verses and the images of the society take form in 12 oil color paintings on canvas. “Carpet” which is the symbol for “life” is the common motif in all the paintings. Carpet in Iranian culture presents the feelings and the emotions of the weaver, as well as his taste and artistry. Various motifs and symbols have been used in this collection, where each represent Rumi’s insight and views on self-understanding. In most portraits, the presence of a famous Western woman who’s the infiltration of the western culture into the eastern society. The surreal spaces seen in these works, in my opinion, provides more room to the spectator, for bigger imagination, enabling him/her to exhibit Rumi’s imaginative and yet spiritual dimensions used in his poetry. Rumi also goes beyond the material world and treads into an obscure and vague, yet a truthful world, where he takes the mind and the soul with him.

After two years of living and studying in Belgium, I have reached  another way of expression in my paintings. In my point of view, listening to the poems is best for making an artwork. This is the sweet spot for coming the ideas. Music is the optimal level for creating, whereas extreme quiet sharpens our focus, making it hard for us to think differently. Most of the inspiration form the poems have come when I was listening to a poem or was a result of reading poems have been read before or comes from the meditation before starting the painting. I’m not aware about what is coming to my hands to paint. I just let my hands through the feelings to make the whole shape. When I create an artwork, there is a deep satisfaction in manifesting that creation. In becoming the creator through a clear intention and surrender to an experience of my own creation I am fulfilling my inherent nature. I am being who I am. I am being true to myself. Exercising my power as a creator being. That truth provides the profound calmness of being. The calmness arises whenever my energy is free to dissipate in the experience I desire to have.

 

EDUCATION

2006, BA, Graphic Design, Art & architecture university, Tehran, Iran

2017, Master Painting Student, KASK school of arts, Gent, Belgium

 

SOLO EXHIBITION

2019 Tangible thoughts,Santo,Gent, Belgium

2017 suspended definitions, Pedrami gallery, Antwerp, Belgium

2016 Where is my Ney?, Etemad gallery, Tehran, Iran

2013 Aesthetics of a zebra, The invisible Line gallery, London, Ingland

2011 Share me, Mohsen gallery, Tehran, Iran

2007 Utopia, Seyhoun gallery, Tehran, Iran

 

GROUP EXHIBITION

2019 Kunst In Huis project, Antwerp, Belgium

2018, komask, Antwerp acamemy of art, Antwerp, Belgium

2015 Performance, Boom gallery, Tehran, Iran

2015 Happy new year, Kargah E Honar studio, Tehran, Iran

2015 The world viewed, Igreg art studio, Tehran, Iran

2014 Primio Combat, Museo di Storia Naturale – Museo Civico G.Fattori, Livorno, Italy

2014 Self portraits, Igreg art studio, Tehran, Iran

2013 Unexposed, Artcantara gallery, Athen,Warsaw,Brussels, Greece,Poland,Belgium

2013 Colours and voices, The International Museum of Women Muslima,online

2012 Fogoorie, Shirin gallery, Tehran, Iran

2012 Iranian Artists, Agoman institude, Lyon, France

2012 Iranian artists(digital art), state capital, California, Us

2011 +me, Elahe gallery, Tehran, Iran

2010 Window, Mohsen gallery, Tehran, Iran

2010 Kitchen, Mohsen gallery, Tehran, Iran

2007 Iranian Artists, Mani gallery, Koln, Germany

 

SCHOLARSHIPS, GRANTS AND AWARDS

Master of painting at Kask school of arts , Gent, Belgium

Finalist of Primio Combat prize, Livorno, Italy

One of the authors of artistic book “Kunst? Kunst!”

Candidate for KOMASK prize October 2018