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Nicky Nodjoumi

Nicky Nodjoumi


Nicky Nodjoumi, Artist
Hails From: Iran
Based In: New York
Inspired By:  Politics. Painting. Martinis.

Born in Kermanshah, Iran in 1942, master painter Nicky Nodjoumi experienced the Islamic Revolution of 1979 from the perspective of a young artist, astutely aware of the political and social upheavals of this tumultuous period in Iran’s history. 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.

Nicky Nodjoumi has exhibited internationally and is in several prominent collections worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the British Museum in London, the Salsali Private Museum in Dubai, and the National Museum of Cuba. His work was featured in a solo exhibition The Accident at the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2014.  In conjunction with his solo exhibition at Taymour Grahne Gallery in September 2013 his work was also part of the exhibition Iran Moden, which opened at the Asia Society in New York. The artist lives and works in Brooklyn.
In addition to the political posters that got him exiled from his homeland, Nicky’s graphic design career spans  award winning children’s book illustrations, book covers, and commercial posters.