Soheila Sokhanvari


Soheila Sokhanvari is an Iranian born multimedia artist, she incorporates found objects into rich and bizarre narratives that question the magic of realism and the converse. She came to England in 1978 as a child to study and obtained her first degree in science. Sokhanvari completed a postgraduate diploma in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art & Design, London before attending Goldsmiths College, University of London, where she was awarded an MFA. Traditionally trained in the art of Persian Miniature her work is informed by her heritage of Persian poetry and narrative inspired by magical imagery of “one Thousand and One Arabian Nights”.


2009 MA Fine Art Practice, Goldsmiths College, London.
2006 Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London.
2001-2005 BA (Hons) Art History and Practice, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2011 The Storyteller, La Scatola Gallery, London. (First solo show)
2007 Out of Sight, St Pauls Church, Castle St, Cambridge.
2004 Captive, Ruskin gallery, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.

Selected Group Exhibitions (Selected)

2011 Young Gods exhibition, Charlie Smith Gallery.
2011 Who do you think we are?, Hanmi Gallery, London.
2011 Photo-Media Open Salon, Charlie Dutton Gallery, London.
2011 MFA Fine Art final year show, Goldsmiths College, London.
2011 Home and belonging, Seoul, South Korea.
2010/11 Marmite Art Prize, touring exhibition, England.
2010 G20 World Artist Festival, Seoul. South Korea.
2010 Vanishing Point, Elevator Gallery, Hackney Wick, London.
2010 Interim Show Goldsmiths College, Laurie Grove Baths.
2010 C-Sides performance live events various locations London.
2009 Transform, 149 Gallery, London.
2006 Marmite Prize, Residence Gallery, London.
2006 Mobile Miniature Gallery, Circle line London Underground.
2006 The Triangle show, Triangle space, Chelsea College of Art and design.
2006 Solitude, The Phoenix, Oxford Street. London.
2005 Solitude, Video screening, Arts Picture House Cinema, Cambridge.

Publications/Reviews/Articles (Selected)

2009 Rebellious Silence, Book: critical analysis and study of Rebellious Silence from Shirin Neshat’s the “Women Of Allah”. VDM Verlag. Germany
2009 Material Intelligence, review of the group exhibition of contemporary artists at Kettle’s Yard Gallery.
2009 Resonance Radio interview with Dr. John Cussans on the “Ghetto Biennale “ exhibition in Haiti (2008)

The Storyteller, Soheila Sokhanvari’s first solo show.
06.09.11 – 20.09.11