50 People Shaping the Culture of the Middle East


Rokni and Ramin Haerizadeh

Rokni and Ramin Haerizadeh, Iran

Brotherly duo Rokni and Ramin Haerizadeh paint bold, fantastical pieces — at times pulling imagery from traditional Persian art and customs — that carry commentary on their society and culture. They have used partially nude figures in some work and a few years ago, they fled Iran for the United Arab Emirates after being targeted by authorities. A profile in W magazine said they were “creating some of the most complex and provocative art in the Middle East.”

Credit: Self portrait, WMagazine.com

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