Chess Player, Oil on Canvas, 178 x 123cm, 2014

Nicky Nodjoumi


Born in Kermanshah, Iran in 1942, Nicky Nodjoumi experienced the Islamic Revolution of 1979 from the perspective of a young artist, astutely aware of the political and social upheavals of this period in Iran’s history. Earning a Bachelor’s degree in art from Tehran University of Fine Arts before relocating to the United States in the late 1960s, Nodjoumi received his Master’s degree in Fine Arts from The City College of New York in 1974.


Returning to Tehran to join the faculty of his alma mater, Nodjoumi joined his students in their criticism of the Shah’s regime, designing political posters inspired by the revolutionary spirit sweeping the country, only to be exiled once more in the aftermath of the revolution. This political engagement has continued to the present day. His nuanced figurative paintings engage in political discourse with a light, satirical touch, layering his personal heritage and lived experiences in Iran and the United States into scenes that resonate beyond specific historical contexts or geographical boundaries.


Nicky Nodjoumi has exhibited internationally and is in several prominent collections worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the British Museum in London, the Salsali Private Museum in Dubai, and the National Museum of Cuba.  In conjunction with his solo exhibition at Taymour Grahne Gallery in September 2013 his work was also part of the exhibition Iran Moden, which opened at the Asia Society in New York. The artist lives and works in Brooklyn.

Artist News
New York Times Review: Nicky Nodjoumi, ‘Chasing the Butterfly'
17 October 2013

The new Taymour Grahne Gallery in TriBeCa couldn’t wish for a more auspicious kickoff than its excellent inaugural show of new paintings and drawings by Nicky Nodjoumi. Born in Iran in 1942, Mr. Nodjoumi arrived in New York City in the late 1960s, when he became involved in protest movements against the Pahlavi regime in his home country. 


Al Jazeera: Nicky Nodjoumi and the New York enclave
24 October 2013

The artist's work transcends borders and displays a worldliness that is a hallmark of Iranian artists in New York.