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List of the most popular artists from Iran, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries artists have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of entertainment. Whether they're known for painting, sculpting, etching or drawing, the famous Iranian artists on this list have kept that tradition alive by creating renowned pieces of art that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Iranian artists, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

Artists here include everyone from Mokarrameh Ghanbari to Ali Asghar Mohtaj.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous artists are from Iran?" and "Who are the most well-known Iranian artists?"

For further information on these historic Iranian artists, click on their names. If you're a fine art lover use this list of celebrated Iranian artists to discover some new paintings that you will enjoy.

Abbas Kiarostami is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Artists from Iran
Sleepers Abbas Kiarostami is an Iranian film director, screenwriter, photographer and film producer. An active filmmaker since 1970, Kiarostami has been involved in over forty films, including shorts and ...more

Shirin Neshat is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Artists from Iran
Rapture, Mahdokht, Soliloquy Shirin Neshat is an Iranian visual artist who lives in New York City. She is known primarily for her work in film, video and photography.

Ahmad Kasravi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Artists from Iran
Ahmad Kasravi, was a notable Iranian linguist, historian, and reformer. Born in Hokmabad, Tabriz, Iran, Kasravi was an Iranian Azeri. Initially, Kasravi enrolled in a seminary. Later, he joined ...more

Sadegh Hedayat is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Artists from Iran
Paris Landscape, Portrait of the Companion, The Country Girl Sadegh Hedayat was an Iranian writer, translator and intellectual. He is one of the earliest Iranian writers who adopted literary modernism in their career.

Aydin Aghdashloo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Artists from Iran
Situation VI, Enigma X, Situation IV Aydin Aghdashloo is an Iranian painter, author, art critic, art historian and graphic designer. He currently lives in Tehran, Iran, and lectures in different Iranian Universities besides his ...more

Zahra Kazemi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Artists from Iran
Zahra "Ziba" Kazemi-Ahmadabadi was an Iranian-Canadian freelance photographer, who was killed by Iranian officials following her arrest in Iran. Although Iranian authorities insist ...more

Taraneh Javanbakht is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Artists from Iran

Guity Novin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Artists from Iran
Guity Novin is an Iranian-Canadian figurative painter, and graphic designer residing in Canada. She classifies her work as Transpressionism, a movement she has introduced. Her works are in ...more

Kaveh Golestan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Artists from Iran
Kāveh Golestān Taghavi Shirazi, was an Iranian photojournalist and artist. Golestan was educated at Millfield School in Somerset, England. In 1988, working as a freelance photographer, he took ...more

Maryam Hashemi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Artists from Iran
Maryam Hashemi Maryam Hashemi is an Iranian painter, based in London, UK since 2002. She grew up in Tehran and graduated in Graphic Design from Azad University in 2001. Her first solo exhibition was at the ...more

Iman Maleki is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Artists from Iran
Iman Maleki Omens of Hafez, 2 sisters and a book, The Old Album Imān Maleki is an Iranian Realist painter. Iman Maleki's fascination with painting began as a child. He started taking lessons in painting at the age of fifteen. His first and only teacher in ...more

Bozorg Alavi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Artists from Iran
Bozorg Alavi was an influential Iranian writer, novelist, and political intellectual. He was a founding member of the communist Tudeh Party of Iran in the 1940s and – following the 1953 coup ...more

Parviz Tanavoli is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Artists from Iran
Parviz Tanavoli is an Iranian sculptor, painter, scholar and art collector. He has lived in Vancouver, Canada since 1989. Tanavoli's work has been auctioned around the world leading to overall ...more

Kamal-ol-molk is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Artists from Iran
Kamal-ol-molk Mirror Hall, Egyptian, Dushan Tappe Mohammad Ghaffari, better known as Kamal-ol-Molk, was an Iranian painter and part of the Ghaffari family in Kashan.

Bogdan Saltanov is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Artists from Iran
Bogdan Saltanov, also known as Ivan Ievlevich Saltanov, was an Armenian-born Russian painter at the court of Alexis I of Russia and his successors. Saltanov headed the painting workshop of the ...more

Farshid Mesghali is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Artists from Iran
Farshid Mesghali Farshid Mesghali is an Iranian animator, graphic designer, illustrator, and writer who has lived in the United States since 1986. He received the international Hans Christian Andersen Medal in ...more

Farhad Sadeghi Amini is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Artists from Iran
My Daughter Farhad Sadeghi Amini, born in Isfahan, Iran, 1963 is an Iranian painter.

Mokarrameh Ghanbari is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Artists from Iran
Imam Reza, A portrait of the cow Mokarrameh Ghanbari was a heuristic and self made Iranian painter who won several international talent prizes. Mokarrameh was born in the village of Darikandeh between Shahi and Babol, in ...more

Mohammad-Ali Jamalzadeh is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Artists from Iran
Mohammad-Ali Jamālzādeh Esfahani, was one of the most prominent writers of Iran in the 20th century, best known for his unique style of humour. In view of his vast influence over Persian ...more

Morteza Momayez is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Artists from Iran
Morteza Momayez was an Iranian graphic designer. He was one of the founders of Iranian Graphic Design Society and held a membership to Alliance Graphique Internationale . He was the president of ...more

Pantea Rahmani is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Artists from Iran
Pantea Rahmani, born 10 September 1971 in Tehran, is a contemporary Iranian artist, who is well known for her self-portraits.

Jahangir Razmi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Artists from Iran
Firing Squad in Iran Jahangir Razmi is an award-winning Iranian photographer and the author of the entry that won the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography. His photograph, Firing Squad in Iran, was taken on ...more

Mohammad Hejazi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Artists from Iran
Mohammad Hejazi Mohammad Hejazi was an Iranian novelist, short-story writer, playwright, essayist, translator, a government official and member of the senate. He was born in Tehran and died in Tehran in 1974 at ...more

Iran Darroudi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Artists from Iran
Iran Darroudi Everlasting Marriage, The Side of the Mirror, Everlasting Persian Gulf Iran Darroudi is one of the most important contemporary Iranian artist living between Tehran and Paris. Her art consists of surreal paintings dealing with Iranian themed imagery and strong

Sadeq Chubak is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Artists from Iran
Sādeq Chubak, was an author of short fiction, drama, novels and one of the leading 20th-century writers of Iran. Chubak's short stories are characterized by their intricacy, economy of detail, ...more

Zahra Amir Ebrahimi is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Artists from Iran
Zahra Amir Ebrahimi is an Iranian photographer, television actress and short movies director. She studied theater in Tehran, and started her professional life with making short movies. She made ...more

Mansooreh Hosseini is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Artists from Iran
Mansooreh Hosseini Mansooreh Hosseini was an Iranian contemporary artist and one of the pioneers of the country’s modern art.

Abolhassan Etessami is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Artists from Iran
Abolhassan Etessami, Iranian architect, calligrapher, painter, and novelist, was born in 1903 and died in 1978. His father Ebrahim Etessami was the head of finance of the Iranian province of ...more

Rahim Moeini Kermanshahi is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Artists from Iran
Rahim Moeini Kermanshahi is an Iranian Poet and lyricist. He is one of the pioneering songwriters in the history of Persian traditional music.

Nader Davoodi is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Artists from Iran
Nader Davoodi is an award winning Iranian photojournalist. For the past two decades, he has been working to produce ethnographically detailed works that document a very important period in ...more

Abd al-Samad is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Artists from Iran
Abd al-Samad 'Abd al-Samad or Khwaja Abdus Samad was a 16th-century painter of Persian miniatures who moved to India and became one of the founding masters of the Mughal miniature tradition, and later the ...more

Ali Asghar Mohtaj is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Artists from Iran
Ali Asghar Mohtaj Ali Asghar Mohtaj is a contemporary Iranian painter. He was graphic designer for the film "Mina of the Silent City". He was secretary of the first Biennial of Iranian Graphic Design.

Mohammadreza Mirzaei is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Artists from Iran
Mohammadreza Mirzaei Mohammadreza Mirzaei is an Iranian photographer and writer. He is founding editor of Dide Magazine and was one of the jurors of International Photobook Award in 2011. His photos has been ...more

Majid Farahani is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Artists from Iran
Majid Farahani

Ahmad Akbarpour is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Artists from Iran
Ahmad Akbarpour Ahmad Akbarpour Ahmad Akbarpūr, born July 31, 1970 in Chah Varz, Lamerd, Fars Province, is a novelist and author of short stories and children books.

Noreen Motamed is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Artists from Iran
Noreen Motamed Noreen Motamed is a Persian painter. Daughter of Fereydoun Motamed, she was born in Abadan, Iran and attended primary and secondary school in Tehran and graduated in first place from University ...more

Mohammad Amin Aghai is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Artists from Iran
Mohammad Amin Aghai Mohammad Amin Aghai born April 24, 1982 in Isfahan, Iran) is an Iranian Cartoonist, Illustrator and Painter.

Tannaz Lahiji is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Artists from Iran
Tannaz Lahiji

Mina Nouri is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Artists from Iran
Mina Nouri Mina Nouri Born in 6 January 1951, Tehran, Iran

Sabzi is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Artists from Iran
Sabzi Mahmood Sabzi, professionally known as Sabzi, is an Iranian artist known for his abstract impressionist paintings. Sabzi was born in Ahvaz, Iran. He began painting when he was twelve years old, ...more

Ashkan Sahihi is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Artists from Iran
Ashkan Sahihi is an Iranian-American photographer known for his unique photographic series.

Feeroozeh Golmohammadi is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Artists from Iran
Feeroozeh Golmohammadi Feeroozeh Golmohammadi is an Iranian artist.

Khodayar Sheibani is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Artists from Iran

Khosrow Hassanzadeh is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Artists from Iran
Khosrow Hassanzadeh Khosrow Hassanzadeh is an Iranian painter. He is known for his "Terrorist" collection. Hassanzadeh was born in 1963 in Tehran, to a working class Azerbaijani family and currently lives ...more

Ahmad Aali is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Artists from Iran
Ahmad Aali Ahmad Aali is an Iranian photographer and artist. On September 24, 2010, a collection of Aali's pictures taken between 1961 and 2009 went on display at the Mah-e Mehr Gallery in Tehran.

Reza Khodadadi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Artists from Iran
Reza Khodadadi Reza Khodadadi,lives and works in Tehran. Iranian contemporary artist, Academic, painter, sculptor, Urban artist & Muralist Professor of Art, was born in 1961, Ardebil, Iran. Faculty member ...more

Behjat Sadr is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Artists from Iran
Behjat Sadr Behjat Sadr was an Iranian painter whose works have been exhibited in major cities across the world, such as New York, Paris, and Rome. She was born to Mohammad Sadr Mahallati and Ghamar Amini ...more

Younes Shokrkhah is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Artists from Iran
Younes Shokrkhah is an Iranian journalist. Younes, who lectures on communications and journalism, has been a journalist for twenty-five years, and is the ICT consultant for ME Printer magazine ...more

Ali Alborzi is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Artists from Iran
Ali Alborzi Ali Alborzi is a photographer.