Nader Ahriman

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Nader Ahriman ( listen ? / I ; * 1964 in Shiraz ) is a painter of Iranian origin living in Germany. Since 2018 he has been a professor of painting at the Berlin-Weißensee School of Art . Audio file / audio sample

life and work

Nader Ahriman studied at the Stuttgart Art Academy from 1988 to 1994 and then took part in the "PS1 Artist-in-Residence Program" at the Contemporary Art Center in New York . Today he lives and works in Berlin.

In the late 1980s, he created his paintings, in which he detached themes from art history that are “about balancing a connection between aesthetics and content, spirit and matter”. His connection to artists such as Chirico and Carrà , but also to William Blake and Philip Guston , can be clearly seen.

Between 1997 and 1999 his group of works “All Wittgenstein's Children” was created. The works refer to the break in modern Western thinking marked by the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein . Wittgenstein worked as an architect for a while, as Ahriman's architectural configurations point to.


Nader Ahriman is a current representative of a multicultural discussion of our cultural background. He is currently trying to incorporate the various languages ​​of an 'old' and 'new world' into painting, thereby intensifying the painterly confrontation between form and content. Ahriman's works show narrative elements, which at the same time allow the narrative to appear in a strongly metaphorically charged atmosphere. In sometimes very large formats, he develops worlds of peculiar narrative strands that combine complex and far-reaching motifs. "

- Freiburg Art Association


Book publications, catalogs

  • Paintings. 1994 to 2003 . Ed .: Dorothea Strauss. German and English. Art Association Freiburg. Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern-Ruit 2003, ISBN 3-7757-1369-7
  • Etudes of transcendental homelessness / Etudes transcendental homelessness . Salon-Verlag, Cologne 2006, ISBN 978-3-89770-268-4
  • Andreas Arndt; Jure Zovko (Ed.): Spirit. Exploring a term . Drawings by Nader Ahriman. Wehrhahn, Hannover 2009, ISBN 978-3-86525-146-6


  • Ingeborg Ruthe: Between the Arctic Ocean and the Milky Way . In: Der Tagesspiegel from July 3, 2004
  • Andrea K. Scott: Art in Review. Nader Ahriman - Stromboli . In: The New York Times, January 26, 2007
  • Dorothea Strauss: Metaphysical Reality . In: Paintings 1994 to 2003 . Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern-Ruit 2003, ISBN 3-7757-1369-7
  • Christiane Wettig: Splashes of color from memory . In: Die Welt of March 29, 1999
  • Ingeborg Wiensowski: Painted thoughts . In: Kulturspiegel (supplement to Spiegel ), No. 5-2003

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Dorothea Strauss: Metaphysical Reality . In: Paintings 1994 to 2003
  2. Paola Morsiani: Nader Ahriman . In: Paintings 1994 to 2003
  3. Archive of the Kunstverein Freiburg 2003 ( Memento from January 11, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) (accessed: January 20, 2016)