Farah Ossouli (Persian: فرح اصولی‎, born 1953 in Zanjan, Iran) is an Iranian painter, based in Tehran. She is known for her modern interpretation of Persian miniature. Often her work draws on issues related to women's life, Persian poetry, and classical western art.

Farah Ossouli
Farah Ossouli
Born1953 (age 66–67)
Spouse(s)Khosrow Sinai[1]


She graduated in 1971 from Girl's School of Fine Arts, Tehran.[2] Ossouli graduated in 1977 with a B.A. degree in graphic design from University of Tehran.[2]

Her work is often created in gouache and watercolor and features subjects found in Persian miniature painting set in contemporary themes, subjects may include women, men, grapes, birds, flowers, grapes, among other things.[3][4] Her work replaced the text often found in traditional miniature painting with blocks of color and the scale of the figures is manipulated.[5]

She has chaired the 6th Tehran Contemporary Painting Biennial, held in 2003.[6]

Her work has been collected in many public art collections including, the Metropolitan Museum of Art,[7] Art Gallery of Western Australia,[2] Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art[8], among others. She has held solo exhibitions in the United States, Europe, Iran, and participated in group exhibition in many other countries.


  1. ^ Kav, Fatemeh; i (14 January 2011). "A family affair". Mashallah News. Retrieved 13 December 2019. their dad, film maker Khosrow Sinai, and his two wives, Farah Ossouli and Gizella Varga-Sinai,
  2. ^ a b c "Farah Ossouli Biography". Artnet.com. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  3. ^ ""The Moon and the Sun" up at Tehran gallery reflects mesmerizing prints of Ossouli paintings". Tehran Times. 6 July 2019. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  4. ^ "Art Gallery in Perth Acquires Farah Ossouli's Miniature Paintings". Financial Tribune. 5 August 2018. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  5. ^ Ekhtiar, Maryam; Sardar, Marika (October 2004). "Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History: Modern and Contemporary Art in Iran". The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Retrieved 13 December 2019. artists like Farah Ossouli (born 1953) working in Iran. She has chosen the medium of Persian miniature painting as the point of departure for her art. In her paintings, Ossuli replaces the spaces for text with fields of color and manipulates the scale of the figures, many of which are women.
  6. ^ "6th Contemporary Painting Biennial in December". Tehran Times. 19 July 2003. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  7. ^ "Collection: Rival, 2011, Farah Ossouli". The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  8. ^ "Collection search: Michelangelo, Ahmad and I". LACMA.

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