Pop culture art by street artist Keyvan Heydari

Colors by Keyvan Heydari
Colors by Keyvan Heydari

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Artist of the Month: Keyvan Heydari

Keyvan Heydari

Keyvan Heydari

Where: Born and raised in Tehran and currently residing in San Francisco

What: Street artist and graffiti pioneer on Tehran’s streets, Keyvan has taken his production to San Francisco’s urban art scene to express his unique fusion of Eastern and Western popular culture themes – both on the streets and to his canvas.


Marilyn Monroe by Keyvan Heydari

Why: Keyvan’s artworks are so dynamic and lively in their expression of his origins fused with his current Western surroundings. Keyvan is inspired by the classics of our modern era, from Audrey Hepburn to Superman, merged in an original way with the conventions of the East like the hijab or the Arabic script. Keyvan is unique in his unrivalled array of pop culture themes that wonderfully, and might we add colourfully, encapsulate themes of globalization and identity.

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn by Keyvan Heydari

Here’s a little intimate insight behind Keyvan Heydari…

Your main source of inspiration is…

Love, which gives hope to life and life is real.

If you had the chance to have dinner with any artist in present or past who would it be? What would you ask them?

Keith Haring; if I see him, I’ll ask him for a collaboration on a mural.

What do you do to relax?

Playing music, drinking and skateboarding.

What’s your favourite city in the world?

How would you like to be remembered as an artist?
More than an artist I want to be remembered as how I am as an artist – using art as a tool to show people my vision.

Your art is…
My art is what I am, my roots, my identity and my history.


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