Reihaneh

Hosseini

Born in 1988 in Tehran, Iran, Reihaneh Hosseini immersed herself in philosophical studies before establishing her artistic base in Vienna in 2014. Her deliberate choice of the figurative style is more than a mere artistic decision; it’s a manifestation of her emotional core, the tales she wishes to convey, and her unique perspective on existence.
Hosseini’s inspirations are rooted in the quotidian: friends and commonplace experiences serve as the foundation of her narratives. However, when her impressions transition to canvas, they undergo a transformative process, leading to a dysmorphic represent ation. The result? Figures with exaggerated dimensions, grotesque elements, distorted attributes, and a color palette that defies expectation.
Her artworks possess a profound corporeal resonance, making palpable the intangible absurdities she perceives in life’s myriad experiences. Each painting is a delicate balance of opposites, presenting figures that constantly vacillate between the aesthetic ally appealing and the disconcerting. The cartoonish veneer of her characters offers a light heartedness, an element of humor that is counterbalanced by their inherent philosophical nuances.
In viewing Hosseini’s oeuvre, one is transported to a surreal realm. Here, each character acts as a mirror, reflecting aspects of our subconscious, invoking the innocence of our inner child and drawing upon our shared mental and sociocultural imageries.

Reihaneh Hosseini is currently part of the exhibition "Unapologetic WomXn" during the 60th Venice Biennale, an all female groupshow with 34 artists on female sexuality and what it is to be a woman today, curated by Destinee Ross-Sutton at the European Cultural Center at Palazzo Bembo.

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