Ali Beheshti Iranian, b. 1988


Ali Beheshti (b. 1988, Qom, Iran) is Tehran-based artist. He is deeply focused on form, on new experiments in drawing using a variety of materials. He mixes familiar techniques, including multiple thin layers of graphite powder, ink and pencil, with more unconventional approaches, such as print transfers, to created frames that have the appearance of three-dimensional works. Born in 1988 in the city of Qom, Iran, he received his MFA in Painting (2016) and BA in Graphic Design (2013) both from Azad University of Tehran. His works are informed by an interest in Islamic-Iranian philosophy, how every form hints at an origin that can be deciphered through layers of appearance. Thus, in his drawings, he pares down the visual characteristics of a form to arrive at its unalloyed source. He has held three exhibitions at Dastan's Basement ("Opaque", 2021; "Interpretation", 2019; "Insensible", 2017). His works have appeared in many group exhibitions, including "Encircle the Apple or Shadowlessness" (2019, V-Gallery, Tehran), "Agog" (2016, V-Café, Tehran), both curated by Aidin Xankeshipour, and "I draw, therefore I think", a South South Project curated by Jitish Kallat (2021). Ali Beheshti has also shown his work in several art fairs, including Teer Art Fair Online (2020), Le Gymnasium Sacre, Curated by Sam Samiee in Dastan’s Basement Booth at Art Dubai 2019.