b. 1949, Tehran, Iran.

Lives and works in Adelaide, Australia.

Hossein Valamanesh’s work is comprised of a myriad of elements to create enigmatic installations, sculptures and video works. With elemental substances, natural materials, and found objects, Valamanesh explores notions of an essential connection to place, the nature of being, and the ephemerality of existence.1

Described as deceptively simple, disturbingly beautiful, enigmatic, Valamanesh’s work continually references the idea of a non-existent homeland: a place at once nowhere and everywhere. With connotations of longing, belonging, community, voyage, and identity, Valamanesh’s work is highly influenced by the writings of Rumi and his encounters with the world.2

“I think my art is about not separating elements such as aesthetics, content and form from each other. The interconnectedness of these elements in the work is important,” states Valamanesh. This assessment reads clearly in the artist’s works, which display a mix of visual languages and signifiers that speak to relationships between nature and culture, and the space between places with refinement. Through oblique and discernable references to both his homelands, Valamanesh communicates with ardor what it is to live forever precariously balanced between two places.3

Hossein Valamanesh was born in Tehran, Iran in 1949 and currently lives and works in Adelaide, South Australia. Valamanesh completed his education at the School of Fine Art in Tehran (1970) and the South Australian School of Art, Adelaide (1977).

Valamanesh has participated in many solo and group exhibitions including: Char Soo, Adelaide Film Festival, Samstag Museum, Adelaide (2015); Hossein Valamanesh: Selected works 1992-2013, Grey Noise Gallery, Dubia, UAE (2013); and Australia, Royal Academy of the Arts, London, England (2013). Valamanesh’s work is held in many significant collections in Australia including the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne and the Nationally Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

“Most works of art have within them the seed of an idea and the opportunity of exhibiting them may make it possible for these seeds to grow in the viewers mind with different interpretations. My original idea is only the beginning and I also follow the development of the work with interest. It is by our looking at the works that they realise their potential.”

(excerpt from Artist statement, 2005)

  1. Thomas, Sarah. Hossein Valamanesh: A survey. Art Gallery of South Australia, 2001, pp. 8, 12.
  2. Knights, Mary and Ian North. Hossein Valamanesh: Out of nothing. Wakefield Press: Kent Town SA, 2011, p. 11.
  3. Severi, Hamid. “Valamanesh and translocality.” Broadsheet, 43, 2014, p. 54.
HOSSEIN VALAMANESH In between, 2016 ornamental pear 247 x 46 x 34 cm
HOSSEIN VALAMANESH - Passing Time, 2011, Collaboration with Nassiem Valamanesh, MDF, monitor and media player, 61 x 52 x 52cm, 4 minute loop, Edition of 6 + 2 A/P
HOSSEIN VALAMANESH - Shades of green, 2010, cotton on linen, 192 x 270cm
HOSSEIN VALAMANESH - 'This will also pass', 2012, bronze, 19 x 50 x 2 cm, edition of 5 +2AP
HOSSEIN VALAMANESH - Nesting, 2005, digital print on watercolour paper, ed 5, 103 x 123cm
HOSSEIN VALAMANESH - Swiss Landscape, watercolour on newspaper on rice paper, [painted image size: 4 x 3.2cm]
HOSSEIN VALAMANESH - The lovers circles his own heart, silk, electric motor, foam, brass road, steel cable & wood, [aprox] 210 x 210 x 210cm
1949 Born in Tehran, Iran
1970 Graduated from School of Fine Art, Tehran
1973 Emigrated to Australia
1977 Graduated from South Australian School of Art, Adelaide
currently lives and works in Adelaide, South Australia
2017 Passing, Turner Gallery, Perth
2017 New Work, GAGPROJECTS, Adelaide
2017 Where do I come from?, Aaran Projects Tehran Iran Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne
2017 Angela & Hossein Valamanesh, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne
2016 Char Soo, Lawrence Wilson Gallery, University of Western Australia Char Soo, Carriageworks, Sydney
2015 Char Soo, Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia Assemblage; 1980 - 1985 Grey Noise Gallery, Dubai UAE Hossein and Angela Valamanesh, GAGPROJECTS
2014 Angela & Hossein Valamanesh, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne Binns + Valamanesh, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney Literary Notions, Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery
2013 Hossein & Angela Valamanesh, Breenspace, Sydney Breath, Rose Issa Project, London, United Kingdom Hossein Valamanesh: Selected works 1992-2013, Grey Noise Gallery, Dubai, UAE
2012 Hossein Valamanesh, Greenaway Art Gallery
2011 In My Mother's hands, GrantPirrie Gallery, Sydney
2010 Hossein Valamanesh, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide Time Travel, 1985-2009, Manning Regional Art Gallery
2009 Hossein Valamanesh, AMA Gallery, Helsinki, Finland NO LOVE LOST, GRANTPIRRIE Gallery, Sydney
2008 Hossein Valamanesh, Turner Gallery, Perth
2007 This will also pass, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
2006 Hossein Valamanesh, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
2005 Hossein Valamanesh, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
2004 Hossein Valamanesh and Angela Valamanesh, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
2003 Natural Selection, Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra Bett Gallery, Hobart
2002 Tracing the Shadow: Hossein Valamanesh Recent Works, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney Travel Tales, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
2001 Hossein Valamanesh: A Survey, Art Gallery of South Australia Hossein and Angela Valamanesh, Sherman Galleries Hargrave, Sydney
2000 Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
1999 Internal Travel, National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan Hossein Valamanesh, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
1998 Hossein Valamanesh, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
1997 Tracing the Shadow, Art Front and Hillside Galleries, Tokyo
1996 Hossein Valamanesh, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
1995 Hossein Valamanesh, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide Viewers and Audiences, Wollongong City Art Gallery, NSW
1994 The Lover Circles His Own Heart, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
1993 The Lover Circles His Own Heart, Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide Luba Bilu Gallery, Melbourne Macquarie Galleries, Sydney
1991 Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
1990 Luba Bilu Gallery, Melbourne Hossein Valamanesh, 1980-1990, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia Macquarie Galleries, Sydney
1988 McQuarrie Galleries, Sydney
1987 Bonython Meadmore Gallery, Adelaide
1986 Gryphon Gallery, Melbourne Walter Reid Art Centre, Rockhampton
2017 Lettres Ouvertes, de la calligraphie au street art, L'Institut des Cultures d'Islam, Paris Where/Between Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Canada
2016 Where/between, Equinox Gallery, Vancouver, Canada Images of Self Aaran Gallery Tehran, Iran
2015 Suspended, Aaran Gallery Tehran, Iran
2014 Jardins de bagatelle II, Galerie Tanit, Munich Art Dubai, GAGPROJECTS, Dubai WOOD: art design architecture, Jamfactory, Adelaide, (touring to: Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, QUT Art Museum, Kick Arts, Object: Australian Design Centre, NSW)
2013 Hossein and Angela Valamanesh, BREENSPACE, Sydney Heartland, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide Australia, Royal Academy of Arts, London
2012 Kochi Miziris Biennale, India On Collaboration, Breenspace, Sydney Rose Issa Project, Art Dubai, Dubai Drawing Room, Breenspace, Sydney
2011 Generations, Wollongong City Gallery, NSW
2009 Great Collections, Museums and Galleries of NSW, touring exhibition
2008 Handle with Care: 2008 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia Uneasy: Recent South Australian Art, Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide Melbourne Art Fair Shadow Play, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Lake Macquarie, NSW Ephemeral, Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Japan
2006 Found Out, Lake Macquarie Regional Art Gallery, Lake Macquarie, NSW Strange Cargo: Contemporary Art as a State of Encounter, Newcastle Regional Art Gallery, NSW Prism: Contemporary Australian Art, Bridgestone Museum of Art, Tokyo Clemenger Contemporary Art Award, Ian Potter Centre, NGV Australia, Melbourne Photographic Portrait Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney Earth Cry, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Lake Macquarie, NSW
2005 MCA Collection: New Acquisitions in Context, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney Mentor, Mentored, Contemporary Art Centre of SA, Adelaide Text Me, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
2004 One Of: Festivus 04, Sherman Galleries, Sydney Fire Dreaming, University Art Gallery, University of Sydney Skin, Salamanca Art Centre, Hobart
2003 Festivus, Sherman Galleries, Sydney A small private eye, Horsham Regional Gallery and touring
2002 2002: The Year in Art, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney Shape of Air, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart Deeper Places, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney BORDERPANIC, Performance Space, Sydney Nelson + Valamanesh, Sherman Galleries Hargrave Group Exhibition, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
2001 the self, freespace Project Space, S.C.A.A., Wynyard Hermanns Art Award, Sherman Galleries Hargrave, travelling to Tamworth City Gallery, NSW; Tweed River Regional Gallery, NSW; Hermanns Melbourne Stores, VIC; Bendigo Art Gallery, VIC; Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, VIC; Wollongong City Gallery, NSW; New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale, NSW; Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, NSW; Hazelhurst Regional Art Gallery & Arts Centre, NSW; Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW A Century of Collecting 1901–2001, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney 7th NICAF: International Contemporary Art Festival 2001 Tokyo, Tokyo International Forum, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Orbit, University of South Australia Art Museum, Adelaide
2000 ARCO, Madrid, Spain Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial, Japan Chemistry: Art in South Australia 1990-2000, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide Defiling the Object, Substation Gallery, Singapore
1999-2000 The Rose Crossing, Brisbane City Art Gallery, Brisbane; Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore, Holmes à Court Gallery, Perth, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery, Sydney
1999 1999 Hermanns Art Award, Melbourne Volume and Form, Singapore
1998 Something, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney Sixth Australian Contemporary Art Fair, Melbourne
1997 Australian Perspecta, Between Art & Nature, SH Ervin Gallery, 8th Asian Biennial, Bangladesh Other Stories, Five Australian Artists, Asialink exhibition
1994 Aussemblage!, Auckland City Art Gallery, NZ
1993 Fifth Australian Sculpture Triennial, Melbourne Inner Land, Gallery, Soko, Tokyo Identities : Art from Australia, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan
1989 Metro-Mania, Australia and Regions Art Exchange, Perth
1987 Painters & Sculptors, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane Australian Contemporary Art, Museum of Modern Art, Siatama, Japan
1985 Australian Perspecta, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
1983 Survey of Recent South Australian Sculpture, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
1981 Centenary Exhibition, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
2014 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, Washington DC
2011 Awarded AM
2010 Green Room Awards, Set design in theatre, when the rain stops falling
2008 Skills & Development Award, Visual Arts Board, The Australia Council for the Arts Artist in Residence, Turner Galleries & Central TAFE, Perth
2006 Artist in Residence, Aomori, Japan Artist in Residence, ANU School of Art, Canberra
2005 Artist in Residence, Sydney Grammar School, NSW
2001 Artist in Residence, Stein am Rhein, Switzerland
1998 Australia Council Visual Arts/Crafts Fund Fellowship
1997 Project Grant Arts SA Grand Prize 8th Asian Biennial, Bangladesh
1991 Visual Arts/Crafts Board Fellowship Residency, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
1982 Visual Arts Board Grant, Australia Council
2015 Adelaide Film Festival, New Moving Image Commission
2011 Ginkgo Gate, Botanic Gardens, Adelaide, in collaboration with Angela Valamanesh
2008 When The Rain Stops Falling, stage design, Brink Productions, Adelaide Festival
2006 Here is love, editioned work on paper, Art Gallery of SA, Contemporary Collectors
2005 14 Pieces, in collaboration with Angela Valamanesh, North Terrace, Adelaide
2004 Unveiled, Australian Phenomics Facility, Australian National University, Canberra
1999 An Gorta Mor, Memorial to the Great Irish Famine, in collaboration with Angela Valamanesh, Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney
1996 Fault Line, Sculptural environment, Southbank, Melbourne
1994 You just sit here... Faret Tachikawa Art Project, Tokyo, Japan
1993 Journey, sculptural environment, Rookwood Necropolis, Sydney
1989 Knocking from the Inside, sculptural environment, ASER Complex, Adelaide
Alice Springs Art Centre, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Aomori Contemporary Art Centre, Aomori, Japan, Artbank, City of Melville, WA, Deakin University Art Museum, Edith Cowan University, Gryphon Gallery, The University of Melbourne, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Parliament House, Canberra, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere, Finland, University of Queensland, Bribane, University of South Australia, Adelaide, University of Western Australia, Perth, Wagga Wagga Regional Art Gallery, NSW, Wesfarmers, WA