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 - 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
1949Born in Tehran, Iran 
1970Graduated from School of Fine Art, Tehran
1973Emigrated to Australia
1977Graduated from South Australian School of Art, Adelaide
 currently lives and works in Adelaide, South Australia
2015GAGPROJECTS, Adelaide
2014Angela & Hossein Valamanesh, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne
Binns + Valamanesh, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney
Literary Notions, Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery
2013Hossein & Angela Valamanesh, Breenspace, Sydney
Breath, Rose Issa Project, London, United Kingdom
Hossein Valamanesh: Selected works 1992-2013, Grey Noise Gallery, Dubai, UAE
2012Hossein Valamanesh, Greenaway Art Gallery
2011In My Mother's hands, GrantPirrie Gallery, Sydney
2010Hossein Valamanesh, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
Time Travel, 1985-2009, Manning Regional Art Gallery
2009Hossein Valamanesh, AMA Gallery, Helsinki, Finland
2008Hossein Valamanesh, Turner Gallery, Perth
2007This will also pass, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
2006Hossein Valamanesh, Sherman Galleries, Sydney

Hossein Valamanesh, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide

2004Hossein Valamanesh and Angela Valamanesh, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
2003Natural Selection, Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra
Bett Gallery, Hobart
2002Tracing the Shadow: Hossein Valamanesh Recent Works, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Travel Tales, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
2001Hossein Valamanesh: A Survey, Art Gallery of South Australia
Hossein and Angela Valamanesh, Sherman Galleries Hargrave, Sydney
2000Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide

Internal Travel, National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan
Hossein Valamanesh, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney

1998Hossein Valamanesh, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
1997Tracing the Shadow, Art Front and Hillside Galleries, Tokyo
1996Hossein Valamanesh, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
1995Hossein Valamanesh, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
Viewers and Audiences, Wollongong City Art Gallery, NSW
1994The Lover Circles His Own Heart, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
1993The Lover Circles His Own Heart, Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw
Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
Luba Bilu Gallery, Melbourne
Macquarie Galleries, Sydney
1991Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
1990Luba Bilu Gallery, Melbourne
Hossein Valamanesh, 1980-1990, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia
Macquarie Galleries, Sydney
1988McQuarrie Galleries, Sydney
1987Bonython Meadmore Gallery, Adelaide
1986Gryphon Gallery, Melbourne
Walter Reid Art Centre, Rockhampton
2014Jardins de bagatelle II, Galerie Tanit, Munich
Art Dubai, GAGPROJECTS, Dubai
WOOD: art design architecture, Jam Factory touring exhibition, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, QUT Art Museum, Kick Arts, Object: Australian Design Centre, NSW
2013Hossein and Angela Valamanesh, BREENSPACE, Sydney
Heartland, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Australia, Royal Academy of Arts, London
2012Kochi Miziris Biennale, India
On Collaboration, Breenspace, Sydney
Rose Issa Project, Art Dubai, Dubai
Drawing Room, Breenspace, Sydney
2011Generations, Wollongong City Gallery, NSW
2009Great Collections, Museums and Galleries of NSW, touring exhibition
2008Handle with Care: 2008 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, 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
2006Found Out, Lake Macquarie Regional Art Gallery, Lake Macquarie, NSW
Strange Cargo: Contemporary Art as a State of Encounter, Newcastle Regional Art Gallery, Newcastle, 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

MCA Collection: New Acquisitions in Context, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Mentor, Mentored, Contemporary Art Centre of SA, Adelaide
Text Me, Sherman Galleries, Sydney

2004One Of: Festivus 04, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
Fire Dreaming, University Art Gallery, University of Sydney, Sydney
Skin, Salamanca Art Centre, Hobart
2003Festivus, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
A small private eye, Horsham Regional Gallery and touring

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


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

2000ARCO, 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

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 Hermanns Art Award, Melbourne
Volume and Form, Singapore


Something, Sherman Galleries Goodhope, Sydney
Sixth Australian Contemporary Art Fair, Melbourne

1997Australian Perspecta, Between Art & Nature, SH Ervin Gallery, 8th Asian Biennial, Bangladesh
Other Stories, Five Australian Artists, Asialink exhibition
1994Aussemblage!, Auckland City Art Gallery, NZ
1993Fifth Australian Sculpture Triennial, Melbourne
Inner Land, Gallery, Soko, Tokyo
Identities : Art from Australia, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan
1989Metro-Mania, Australia and Regions Art Exchange, Perth
1987Painters & Sculptors, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
Australian Contemporary Art, Museum of Modern Art, Siatama, Japan
1985Australian Perspecta, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
1983Survey of Recent South Australian Sculpture, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
1981Centenary Exhibition, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
2014Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, Washington DC
2011Awarded AM
2010Green Room Awards, Set design in theatre, when the rain stops falling
2008Skills & Development Award, Visual Arts Board, The Australia Council for the Arts
Artist in Residence, Turner Galleries & Central TAFE, Perth
2006Artist in Residence, Aomori, Japan
Artist in Residence, ANU School of Art, Canberra
2005Artist in Residence, Sydney Grammar School, NSW
2001Artist in Residence, Stein am Rhein, Switzerland
1998Australia Council Visual Arts/Crafts Fund Fellowship
1997Project Grant Arts SA, Grand Prize 8th Asian Biennial, Bangladesh
1991Visual Arts/Crafts Board Fellowship Residency, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
1982Visual Arts Board Grant, Australia Council
2011Ginkgo Gate, Botanic Gardens, Adelaide, in collaboration with Angela Valamanesh
2008When The Rain Stops Falling, stage design, Brink Productions, Adelaide Festival
2006Here is love, editioned work on paper, Art Gallery of SA, Contemporary Collectors
200514 Pieces, in collaboration with Angela Valamanesh, North Terrace, Adelaide
2004Unveiled, Australian Phenomics Facility, Australian National University, Canberra
1999An Gorta Mor, Memorial to the Great Irish Famine, in collaboration with Angela Valamanesh, Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney
1996Fault Line, Sculptural environment, Southbank, Melbourne
1994You just sit here... Faret Tachikawa Art Project, Tokyo, Japan
1993Journey, sculptural environment, Rookwood Necropolis, Sydney
1989Knocking 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
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