Artist Nicky Nodjoumi (b. 1942) began his career making political posters criticizing the Shah, protesting in the streets of Iran, and risking execution. After the revolution in 1979, the new regime initially applauded him—until realizing his work was just as critical of their rise to power and exiling him. This origin story elucidates his entire artistic career: Still making art as he enters his 80s, Nodjoumi explores insidious power dynamics with a touch of satire. While he builds upon his lived experience in Iran and the U.S., you’ll find a revolutionary message in his paintings that transcends specific movements and calls each of us to action.
Collected by the British Museum
Reviewed by the New York Times
Solo exhibition at the Cleveland Institute of Art