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Siavash Momeny

Siavash Momeny, originally from Iran, graduated from Tehran University before immigrating to New Zealand over twenty years ago.

Inferences of migration and change are prominent themes in Momeny’s paintings. He depicts objects wrapped in newspaper, suggesting the vulnerable aspect of protection that we provide for the memorable objects we value, and in a way the way we mask to protect ourselves

Although their surface is masked, the objects are usually clearly recognisable. The “newspaper” often includes political and social messages, as TJ McNamara noted: “he can paint a newspaper so it looks utterly convincing as text from a short distance and yet it is only touches of paint from close up. The only thing you can actually read are the headlines which are often linked to the meaning of the painting.. the political ironies of these works.. along with the technique of showing the play of light and shade is brilliant”

Artist’s comment:

Objects from our past are locked in with our memories and associations. By covering an object, it becomes universal rather than specific and the viewer may see it from their memory. When items were wrapped and put away, the newspapers used to protect them were current – therefore another reminder of not only the personal memory of the object, but also the wider association of what was happening in the world at that particular time.

The sight of recognisable forms wrapped up also communicates the idea of moving from place to place – the transient nature of our lives and the mental state associated with this event.”


1971 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Tehran University of Fine Arts
1972 Bachelor of Technical Science (Interior Architecture), Tehran University of Fine Arts


2018 – Gone Fishin’, ARTIS Gallery, Auckland
2016 – Contribution, ARTIS Gallery, Auckland
2014 – Minority, ARTIS Gallery, Auckland
2013 – Auckland Art Fair
2012 –  Still, Still Life, ARTIS Gallery, Auckland
2010 – Deracination, ARTIS Gallery, Auckland
2007 – Recent Painting, ARTIS Gallery, Auckland
2005 – Selected, ARTIS Gallery, Auckland
2004 – Recent Painting, ARTIS Gallery, Auckland