Pooya Sareh

Pooya Sareh is an Iranian surrealist artist based in London. His oil paintings depict ordinary people and objects in bizarre, dreamlike situations, in which there are poetic relationships between elements within the artwork. While he has worked almost exclusively in oil for the past decade, he previously worked as an illustrator and cartoonist for the monthly magazine Humour & Caricature in Tehran from 1999 to 2007. During this time, his works were also published and exhibited in over fifteen countries around the world, and were awarded with many international prizes. His most recent awards include the Special Prize of the 47th World Gallery of Cartoons, Skopje, Macedonia (2016), the First Prize of the 21st International Salon of Piracicaba, Brazil (2013), and the Honourable Mention of Diogenes Taborda International Art Festival, Argentina (2011).

Selected Exhibitions/Festivals

•With My Roots by Capital Art London, Asia House, London , 2018

• Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London, 2015

• World Gallery of Cartoons, Skopje, Macedonia, 2012

• Berlin International Cartoon Festival, Berlin, Germany, 2011

•Olense Kartoenale 2011, Olense, Belgium, 2011

• Humour a Gallarate International Festival, Gallarate, Italy, 2011

• Ecocartoon International Salon, Brasilia, Brazil, 2011

• Euro Kartoenale 2011, Kruishoutem, Belgium, 2011

• Zielona Gora International Festival, Zielona Gora, Poland, 2011

• International Biennale of Humour and Satire in the Arts, Gabrovo, Bulgaria, 2011

• Zagreb International Caricature Exhibition, Zagreb, Croatia, 2011

• Olense Kartoenale 2010, Olense , Belgium, 2010

• International Satirical Art Salon, Poland, 2010

• Ankara International Cartoon Festival, Ankara, Turkey, 2009

• ICC International Comic Award, Seoul, South Korea, 2009

• Jaka bede International Salon, Ketrzyn, Poland, 2007

• Zamek International Festival, Kozuchow, Poland, 2006

• Paraguacu International Salon of Humour, Paulista, Brazil, 2006

• Aydin Dogan International Festival, Istanbul, Turkey, 2003


International Honours and Awards

• Special Prize, 47th World Gallery of Cartoons, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, 2016 • First Prize, 21th International Salon of Piracicaba, Brazil, 2013

• Best Work Prize, Cyber International Gallery, South Korea, 2011

• Bronze Prize, FCW International Festival, China, 2011

• Honourable Mention, Diogenes Taborda International Art Festival, Argentina, 2011 • Finalist in the Boston International Cartoon Festival, USA, 2011

• Finalist in the International Biennial Cartoon Contest, Czech Republic, 2006

• Success Award, FCW International Competition, China, 2005 & 2006

• Honourable mention, Daejeon International Festival, Korea, 2004

• Prize of Excellence, Leng Mu International Cartoon Competition, China, 2004