Hamid S. Neriz

Hamid S Neriz is an Iranian-born Painter, collector, and dealer who has lived in Berlin since 1966. He is a collector of ancient African tribal art, archaeological objects and Islamic and Buddhist art. With his multicultural background, his paintings reflect myth, religion and spirituality. He employs mainly figurative-surrealistic tendencies, on which black, figural contours, structures, patterns, and signs are placed. With his mostly figurative and surrealistic tendencies, Hamid S. Neriz explores directions of ghestic and calligraphic nature. The paint itself and its possible qualities illustrate the main element of his works. The paintings follow his life and become more and more abstract and link back to Hamid's approach on the cultivation, passion and knowledge in the fields of ancient Persian Traditions and studies, even reaching back to his childhood. Other branches of art, affecting his former ethnological studies and trips around the globe, result in influences of Asian, Oceanic and African art and sculptures, till today. The actual exchange of those, non-European cultures and classic modernism reveal themselves in a never ending dialogue. His artistic process evokes as a mix of spontaneity and control at the same time. As he starts on the floor, before approaching the wall directly to determine a possible composition, he observes the colours, but even further, the state of chaos, in order to find a possible densification. Not following a particular form but rather chance and contingency, his works can bee seen as summoned by these feelings implicated by the artist. By using all possible utensils of painting, his works intuitively challenge the viewer by their open and often opposing and contradicting associations. Some of these connect to Life and Death, Dream and Imagination, Magic and Ritual, with the final overture of his vivid praxis and deep substrates of the time we live in. Time, Setup and Destination also determine Hamid's works, as they get decomposed, rearranged to ultimately reveal the layers laying behind, forming an almost archaeological approach. Investigating in the inner and outer to find connections to past and possible meanings from which some of them may be kept forever secret.