My name is Keyvan Shovir-کیوان حیدری شویر
I am a multidisciplinary artist and muralist, born in Tehran, Iran in 1985 during the Iran- Iraq war and post-revolution which led me to become a refugee in the United States in 2013. I was one of the pioneers of Iranian street art in Tehran, where I was focusing on social issues and poetic, political messages through Persian calligraphy.
Since I moved here, my works shifted to explore the poetic experience of the current political situation within narration and storytelling from the past and its juxtaposition with the present. All the narration rooted in my Iranian heritage through literature, history and Persian myth, language, and today’s pop culture. I use sculptural sound installations, murals, and paintings for passing these messages and narrations.