Q: Tell us about your practice

A: When I started painting, I was naturally drawn to figurative art. 
I was later trained as an abstract artist, but I quickly returned to figuration.

Figurative art allows me to express my ideas and reflect on my feelings and emotions. My subject matter is always inspired by simple life, everyday life and people around me. I paint scenes that we may all have experienced, I paint familiarity. But despite this simplicity, I am drawn to the distress, unease and anxiety that one may struggle with on a daily basis. 

Q: The figures in your paintings look so relaxed and carefree. Why did you choose to depict them this way?

A: The characters in my paintings are a reflection of our contemporary society. Each of these figures are living their everyday life, yet they struggle with hopelessness and anxiety. Although they appear light, happy, relaxed and carefree, it may just be a facade to a sense of unease and anxiety.


Q: Can you elaborate on the melancholic nature of your work?

A: I'm constantly looking for the meaning and concept of life, which can be found in our relation with others. Human existence finds its meaning through our interpersonal relationships. I paint spaces and people who have an effect on me. The deranged and melancholic characters in my paintings are a reflection of today's society. I am interested in painting the lethargic indifference and the despair of the contemporary human being. 


Q: What's next for you?

A: My work will be included in several group and solo exhibitions in the near future. COVID has however pushed dates back. In the meantime, I continue to spend long hours painting in my studio while I finish my MFA at the Academy of Fine Art in Vienna. Together with the team at newcube, we are also planning some exciting projects and residencies which I very much look forward to. 


"I was first introduced to Reihaneh's work through a collector friend based in Tehran. 
I instantly fell in love with her unconventional approach to figurative painting – how she explored her internalized anxieties through exaggerated proportions and distorted features. Her universe is somewhere between comfort and discomfort – the social circles she depicts take from both her Iranian heritage and her experiences as an artist who lives and works in Vienna. I am really excited for Reihaneh's next big steps in the art world and proud to work with her at newcube."



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