Shahpour Pouyan was born in Isfahan (Iran) in 1979. He lives and works in London (United Kingdom).
He graduated from the Art University of Tehran (Iran, 2004-2007) where he studied painting, the Iranian Institute of Philosophy in Tehran (Iran, 2005) where is studied Neoplatonism, the Pratt Institute in New York (United States, 2012) in Integrated Practices and New Forms. He also holds a degree in mathematics and physics from the Elmieh School in Tehran (Iran). From 2007 to 2009, he taught art history and the history of Persian architecture at the University of Science and Culture in Tehran.
In 2019, his sculptures were on display at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, Canada, as part of the exhibition The Moon: A Voyage Through Time and his miniatures are also on view at the British Museum in the Middle East Department, as part of the permanent collection. He took part in many major international group shows: Home Land Security at the Fort Winfield Scott in San Fransisco (USA, 2016), Jameel Prize at the Pera Museum in Istanbul (Turkey, 2016), Memory and Continuity at the Pera Museum in Istanbul (Turkey, 2016), Global/Local at the Grey Art Gallery NYU in New York (USA, 2016), Punk Orientalism at Mackenzie Gallery (Canada, 2018), Chambres à Part VII: Dark to Light at the Tower of London (UK, 2013). He will have a solo show at the Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Ghent, in 2021.
The artist also participated in many biennials: For an image, faster than light for the Yinchuan Biennale (China, 2016), Whorled Explorations for the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (India, 2014), the Mykonos Biennale (Greece, 2013), and the Beijing Biennale (China, 2017) entitled The Silk Road and World's Civilizations.
Shahpour Pouyan's works feature in many prestigious public collections: the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, USA), the Victoria and Albert Museum (London, United Kingdom), the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (Tehran, Iran), the British Museum (London, UK), the MFA, Houston (Houston, United States), the Cornell University Museum (New York, USA) and the Abby Weed Grey Collection of Modern Asian and Middle Eastern Art (New York, USA).
Shahpour Pouyan was awarded several fellowships and residencies: the Kenneth Armitage Foundation in London (United Kingdom, 2020) the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Umbertide (Italy, 2016), the Residency program of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in New York (USA, 2014), the Pegasus Art Foundation residency in Hyderabad, India, 2011), the International Cité des Arts in Paris (France 2007).
Shahpour Pouyan has been represented by Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris/Brussels, since 2017.