Fereydoun Ave Iranian, b. 1945


Fereydoun Ave (b. 1945, Tehran) is an influential figure in Iranian contemporary art. He received his BA in Applied Arts for Theatre from Arizona State University (1964), studied Film at New York University (1969), and attended the University of Seven Seas (aka Semester at Sea, 1964). Over the past five decades, he has taken on many different roles as artist, designer, art director, collector, curator, gallerist and art patron.

The art of Fereydoun Ave is a freehanded engagement with a personal ethos informed by larger cultural influences. He ceaselessly reflects on various facets of his relationship with age, myths, plants, elements, seasons, moods, and heredity. He takes inspiration from the art of Iran, which tends to use the entire surface of the canvas, and the Western penchant for minimalism, which leaves large swaths unattended. Fereydoun Ave's joint projects with artists, galleries (including Dastan), and institutions is an integral part of his practice, finding expression in his role as a curator, gallerist, and collector.

Works of Fereydoun Ave have been featured in numerous solo exhibitions along with hundreds of group shows in galleries and museums around the world. Other than many notable private collections, works of Fereydoun Ave have been acquired by prestigious art institutions like the British Museum in London | the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York | Los Angeles County Museum of Art | Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris | Cy Twombly Foundation | Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art | Carnegie Museum. His "Recent Works 2019-2021" was held at +2 Gallery in May 2021.