Nicky Nodjoumi, Drunken Man, 2015, oil on canvas, 28 x 20 in / 71 x 50.8 cm
Nicky Nodjoumi, Going Back Home, 2014, oil on canvas, 20h x 24w in / 50.8h x 61w cm
Inspector's Scrutiny, 2012, Oil on Canvas, Diptych, 85h x 130w in / 216h x 330.2w cm
Push and Pull, 2008, Oil on Canvas, Diptych, 96h x 120w in / 243.84h x 304.8w cm
Chasing the Butterfly, 2012, Oil on Canvas, 96h x 60w in / 243.84h x 152.4w cm
Hasty Retreat, 2012, Oil on Canvas, 70h x 50w in / 177.8h x 127w cm
Nicky Nodjoumi, High Jump, 2013, oil on canvas, 96h x 60w in / 243.84h x 152.4w cm
The Accident, 2013, ink on paper, 85h x 168w in / 216h x 426.7w cm
Intriguing Gesture, 2013, ink on paper, 85h x 126w in / 216h x 320w cm
Tea in the Afternoon, 2012, Ink on Paper, Triptych, 85h x 108w in / 216h x 274.3w cm
Study for Inspector's Scrutiny, 2012, Ink on Paper, 28.5h x 22.5w in / 72.4h x 57.2w cm
Stranger with the Chair, 2013, Ink on Paper, 85h x 42w in / 216h x 106.7w cm
Brooklyn-based artist Nicky Nodjoumi was born in Kermanshah, Iran in 1942. Earning a Bachelor’s degree in art from Tehran University of Fine Arts before relocating to the United States in the late 1960s, Nodjoumi received his Master’s degree in Fine Arts from The City College of New York in 1974. Returning to Tehran to join the faculty of his alma mater, Nodjoumi joined his politically galvanized students in their criticism of the Shah’s regime, designing political posters inspired by the revolutionary spirit sweeping the country, only to be exiled once more in the aftermath of the revolution.
This political engagement has continued to the present day. His nuanced figurative paintings engage in political discourse with a light, satirical touch, layering his personal heritage and lived experiences in Iran and the United States into scenes that resonate beyond specific historical contexts or geographical boundaries. Nodjoumi’s works are conceived of as theatrical stages, where compositions of figures both serious and ridiculous, in the words of Phong Bui, “house meanings without irony, narratives without stories, humor without morality, above all creating a space that heightens the awareness of old and new history.” Serious in subject matter and witty in execution, these rich and diverse characters enliven Nodjoumi’s narratives and allude to collective experiences underpinned by socio-political struggles, articulating the full spectrum of feelings from aggression to victimhood.
Nicky Nodjoumi's works are in several prominent institutional collections worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the British Museum in London, Guggenheim Museum in Abu Dhabi, the DePaul Art Museum in Chicago, and the National Museum of Cuba. In 2014, Nicky had a solo exhibition at the Cleveland Institute of Art titled The Accident. The artist lives and works in Brooklyn.
"After decades of unwavering, principled, and quiet work, Nodjoumi has finally arrived as a major aesthetic visionary of his contemporary time, having carved a commanding angle on our lived experiences from the assured perspective of a global worldliness that has patiently and consistently crossed all artificial borders of identity and politics."
Ryan Steadman of the New York Observer includes "A Verdant Summer" as "10 Things to Do In New York's Art World Before July 1."
"An array of masterful artworks by a group of spectacular mid-career artists. Whitney Bedford, Holly Coulis and Hannah Whitaker are just a few of the names that will be bringing the heat for this exhibit."
The Brooklyn Rail reviews Nicky Nodjoumi's "You and Me"
6 April 2016
Yasaman Alipour of The Brooklyn Rail reviews Nicky Nodjoumi's recent solo exhibition.
"Inside the anti-iconic culture of his native Iran, Nodjoumi’s practice is daring and bold because of his figurative approach; abroad, he is recognized as the Iranian counterpart of contemporary artists contemplating Social Realism. Whether it is read through Iran’s complex history or from a global humanistic perspective, Nodjoumi’s work evokes the abyss of modern socio-politics."
The Accident: Recent Work by Nicky Nodjoumi will introduce Cleveland art lovers to this internationally acclaimed New York-based artist with eight large-scale paintings and ink-on-paper drawings and two public presentations by the artist.