Visual Artist Works | Azita Moradkhani

A Hat in the Heart

Colored Pencil 40 x 26 inches, 2022

Take The Lollipop

Colored Pencil, 19 x 24 inches, 2022

The End

Colored Pencil, 19 x 24 inches, 2022


Colored Pencil 26 x 40 inches, 2020

Note: The image of heavy, patched working clothes in this drawing is based on a photograph of an Iranian photojournalist and artist, Kaveh Golestan, in Kaveh Golestan: Recording the Truth in Iran 1950 – 2003 book. The photo, which depicts a young worker boy, is shown alongside Golestan’s other photographs of sex workers in Shahr-e No in Iran before the Islamic Revolution in 1979 in this book. The exploitation of the body, all along the gender spectrum, forced and being part of economic and global networks of consumption is the basis of this drawing.

Pink Boys

Colored Pencil, 26 x 40 inches, 2021

Pink Belt

Colored Pencil, 26 x 40 Inches, 2021


Mixed Media (paper clay, colored pencil, and a branch from a tree)
14h x 10w 4d inches, 2017

Note: the male figure in the drawing is based on a photograph of an Iranian photojournalist and artist, Kaveh Golestan

About Azita Moradkahni:

Azita Moradkhani was born in Tehran where she was exposed to Persian art, as well as Iranian politics, and that double exposure increased her sensitivity to the dynamics of vulnerability and violence that she now explores in her art-making.

She received her BFA from Tehran University of Art (2009), and both her MA in Art Education (2013) and her MFA in drawing, painting and sculpture (2015) from Boston’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University.

She was a recipient of both the Young Masters Art Prize and the Young Masters Emerging Woman Art Prize in London in 2017. She received the Saint Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artists Grant that same year as well as the NYFA City Artist Corps Grants in 2021. The Financial Times (London) reviewed her series of drawings “Victorious Secrets” and the Boston Globe (MA) published reviews of her collaborative performance piece “Irezumi,” and her curated exhibition “Echo” over the past few years. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally many times, including at the Royal Academy of Arts (London, UK), Newport Art Museum (RI, USA), and the Museum of Contemporary Art (Yinchuan, China). She has also been a visiting lecturer at universities such as Davidson College (NC) and Lesley University (MA) as well as a panelist at Harvard University and MIT. She has been granted numerous residencies, including Yaddo, MASS MoCA, Silver Art Projects, and LMCC.

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