Pooya Aryanpour Iranian, b. 1971


Pooya Aryanpour (b. 1971, Tehran, Iran) is an artist, art instructor, and university lecturer based in Tehran. He studied Painting at Azad University of Tehran, obtaining his MA in 1999. He has curator shows over the past three decades.

Pooya Aryanpour has used mirrors in his sculptures since the 2000s, a practice made famous by artist Monir Farmanfarmaian in the early 1970s. Aryanpour's studies of Qajar’s (19th-20th century) mirror works have given his work a reflective character. His work may be considered interactive and conceptual as some fleetingly reflect the images of their viewers. Large-sized sculptures are covered with tiny mirrors that change color with a shift in light or position, multiplying what they reflect. The plurality of images thus proliferated has a spiritual dimension – mirror works are used in places of worship throughout Iran. The multiplicity of images shatters the individual's ego to arrive at a devotional unity.