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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
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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 documentaries. Kiarostami attained critical acclaim for directing the Koker Trilogy, Close-Up, Taste of Cherry, and The Wind Will Carry Us. In his recent films, Certified Copy and Like Someone in Love, he filmed for the first time outside Iran, in Italy and Japan, respectively. Kiarostami has worked extensively as a screenwriter, film editor, art director and producer and has designed credit titles and publicity material. He is also a poet, photographer, painter, illustrator, and graphic designer. He ...more

Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

Nationality: Iran

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Shirin Neshat is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Artists from Iran
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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. ...more

Birthplace: Iran, Eurasia, Qazvin Province, Qazvin

Nationality: Iran, United States of America

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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 the Iranian Constitutional Revolution. He experienced a sort of conversion to Western learning when he learned that the comet of 1910 had been identified as a reappearance of Halley's comet. He abandoned his clerical training after this event and enrolled in the American Memorial School of Tabriz. Thenceforward he became, in Roy Mottahedeh's words, "a true anti-cleric." ...more

Birthplace: Tabriz, Iran

Nationality: Iran

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Sadegh Hedayat was an Iranian writer, translator and intellectual. He is one of the earliest Iranian writers who adopted literary modernism in their career. ...more

Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

Nationality: Iran

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